Hi everyone, I’m at a bit of crossroads here in my next buying decision, and I’m looking for a little input. I have a little person on the way, due in November. To capture all of these soon to be priceless memories, I purchased a Panasonic AVCHD camcorder. The picture quality on this camera is amazing, but editing the video in iMovie hurts my core2duo Macbook. Video playback is choppy, and watching HD video (even from YouTube) for only a minute makes the fans fire up at full blast. I have an iMac G5, but that is no where near capable of editing this footage either. I’m looking at upgrading, but I’m not entirely sure of what to get. I was hoping to downsize to one machine, selling both my current machines. Here are my options: 15” MacBook Pro: i7 with 4GB of RAM. $1849. I can get a refurb for $1649, but that is still a bit more than I want to spend. 13” MacBook Pro: i5, 4GB of RAM, 320GB HDD $1249. I’m not sure how well this will handle the HD video. Anyone else using one for video editing? 21.5” iMac: $1199: 2.5GhZ i5, 500GB HDD, 4GB of RAM: I’m pretty sure that this would do the trick, but I like the option of being mobile in my house. However, I do have an iPad that fills that gap. UPDATE: Dell XPS 8300: This is where it gets a little scary (I scared myself with this one), but I actually considered purchasing a Dell. They have a sale on right now where I could get an 3.4 GhZ i7 equipped desktop with 12GB of RAM, 1TB HDD and a 24” monitor for $999. Again, it’s a desktop and not mobile, but like I said before, the iPad really helps with the mobility. $999 Hackintosh: I’ve been reading up on the tonymac website about building a hackintosh, seems easy enough. I could buy something comparable to the Dell spec wise and install OS X on it and get the best of both worlds. With a baby on the way, I’m really trying to make this as affordable as possible. I can trade in my two Mac for about $750 at Powermax.com, but I have to pay about $180 worth of shipping (I live in Canada). I could probably sell them both locally since there are some college kids scrambling to get computers for cheap right now. I’m torn because I do love using my Mac, but I can live with Windows. I know PCs are always cheaper for higher specs, but the specs on this Dell seem really, really good. Sorry for the long post, but I’m banging my head off the wall trying to figure this out. What do you think is my best route for my HD video creations at an affordable price?