Long post! Beware! I'd appreciate if you read the whole thing. So I've got a job and I am now able to save for a new and costly computer. I've gotten the idea that I want to buy a new Mac just so I can do video editing stuff on it, not much else. Maybe play Minecraft every now and then. Right now, all-time main computer is my HP Envy. It's great and it'll stay my all-time main computer. It's a laptop, so it's great, but it doesn't have a nice, big screen. It's only a 15" laptop. It's nice because I can play any game I want on high settings with no lag. My main desktop system is a Power Mac G4, which is a major step down from my HP Envy. I like to have a desktop system because I don't have to keep getting up and down, unplugging it when it's charged or plugging it back in when it needs to be charged. (That's how you maintain good battery life in a laptop) I want a Mac to do my video editing on, a Mac that's powerful. I won't buy a Mac Pro because it's a workstation, and if I were to get a workstation I'd buy an HP Z820 which is still more powerful than the new and as of now unreleased Mac Pro, but fully configured it costs ~$30,000. I don't think I can save $30,000 on $10/h and 3 days a week. I've been debating an iMac and a MacBook Pro (Non-retina display) for a few reasons, and here is why I want both, but can only get one. I wouldn't get a retina display MacBook Pro - The practically invisible screen pixels are not a concern for me plus it's far too expensive for my likings. It also doesn't have a CD drive. For iMac: It's a desktop, and I obviously want a new main desktop. It would encourage me to use the computer more often. I love the nice, large screen. It's cheaper than a MacBook Pro, Even with the configuration I want. I don't know why. Against iMac: I can't take it with me. The RAM is probably not user upgradeable. Apple isn't clear on it's Buy Now page on whether it comes with dedicated graphics or not. No optical drive. The mice tend to make my hands sore. I know because I've sat and used my friend's Magic Mouse or whatever it's called for a while and it makes my hand ache. For MacBook Pro: It's portable and I can take it with me. It's small and convenient. It has an optical drive built-in. I'm pretty sure I could upgrade the RAM in the future if I wanted to. Against MacBook: Because it's portable and my main computer is a laptop, I wouldn't use it for much else other than video editing. I've been able to get 11 hours on a single charge on my HP Envy's battery and because the MacBook doesn't last as long I won't use it as much. It costs more with the hardware I want. It's easy to be stolen. I hate the touchpads on MacBooks. I'm used to keeping my thumb on the right and left click buttons and I'm not used to the whole thing being a button. For me, it's very awkward and with what I do, I'll end up activating a multitouch gesture by accident. I can drop it and break it. I'm always scared I'm going to drop and break my HP Envy. Just a side note, I'm not asking you to sell me your Mac if you're looking to sell it. I want something brand-spankin' new. As for specs, I'd want something that's inexpensive, like an Intel Core i5, but even though they come with the Macs in quad core configuration, I don't know if they'd come with dedicated graphics. I will NOT settle for integrated graphics. My HP Envy has dedicated graphics (and integrated graphics as well) and since I'm used to it's benefit I am not willing to buy anything with integrated graphics. I don't want a dual core processor. Or less than 8GB of RAM. The kind of video editing I'm looking to do is stuff with Final Cut Pro X or using other professional, high end software. I don't want to buy a powerful Mac simply for iMovie...I'd buy an Air for that. I also want Minecraft. Other than The Sims (Which I have on my HP Envy; it'd be useless to buy a copy for the Mac) there are no other games other than GTA San Andreas that tickle my fancy. I've got 13 games on my HP Envy and only 3 of those have Mac versions so gaming is out of the question. What I'm asking is which Mac should I buy and what configuration would you recommend? I'm also looking to be as cost effective as I can. Also, give me tips on what I should use the computer for other than Final Cut Pro X because I don't do a lot of video editing. If I only used it for that all the computer would do is sit and collect dust. I bought my Power Mac G4 intending to use it with iMovie, but that doesn't happen and it's only turned on about once every three weeks or so.