*NOTE* READ PAGE 2 FOR MY DECISION, IT WOULDNT LET ME QUOTE MY POST. Hi, This is my first post so please bear with me! I am planning on making the switch to Mac this summer and have been looking at both the MacBook Pro and mac pro very closely. I am not interested in a Macbook or iMac, but they are excellent products! I am going to be doing extensive graphics and design work with Adobe CS3 and some Windows Programs that i need for school. As well as general school and office work. Im currently using a HP notebook with: - Windows XP (home edition) - AMD 1.5ghz Turion Processor - 80GB HD - 1Gb RAM My CPU is constantly at 100% as I run several programs/applications simultaneously. Some of the programs i use for desinging require windows, so I am considering purchasing and running VMWare Fusion to run full time. Bootcamp seems to much hassle having to reboot etc.. If i purchase a MBP (17") I would upgrade it to 4GB of RAM, with 200GB HD, Would it be sufficient enough for my needs? I would like a machine that could run smoothly running many applications and programs side by side without slowing down or freezing. I am also considering purchasing a MacPro as another option (I like the whole upgradable side of it, plus im sure this would last longer than the Macbook Pro?) with: Two 2.8ghz Processors 4gb RAM 320GB HD nvidia 8800 GT, 512MB Many people comment that this machine is for professional use etc.. and I may not use its full capabilities.. If it helps these are usually the programs i run everday side by side, for hours on end: - iTunes - CorelDRAW Graphics suite (windows only) - Adobe CS3 - Microsoft Office (Word, Excel etc.) - Firefox (around 4-5 tabs open) - MSN Messenger (constantly running) - Windows Media Player - VMWare Fusion (constantly running) Those are from the top of my head, but my Mac would be running all those almost everyday (plus VMWare Fusion). I will not be doing much video editing but may edit the occasional family vacation etc. I do not game either, i have an xbox 360 for that Im sorry about the confusing post, i tried to make it as simple and understandable as possible lol. Money is not an issue i have around £4,000 ($8000) to spend on a machine + Software (i dont mean to brag or anything, just stating my situation) My only major issues are: - portability, however i must admit after using a notebook for over a year, i have rarely made use of its portable functions... only using it in the bed for movies etc. - Whether the MacBook Pro would be a capable enough machine to run everthing smoothly or if I should just purchase a MacPro + 30" ACD. Thanks for taking your time to read my post, again sorry for the confusing post lol, if you have any questions please reply, and i look forward to your advice, thanks!