Been lurking for awhile trying to draw conclusions but like clockwork I wouldn't mind having my situation addressed directly. Film-student, old PC laptop on the fritz, will need a new computer and due to extensive use of FCS2 programs at university etc. am opting towards a Mac product. Will be used primarily for video editing with Final Cut Pro 5 initially, eventually exceeded by Final Cut Studio 2. Will need to run all programs comfortably, ideally lasting me +2-3 years. I'm a console gamer, so computer gaming isn't much of a concern. Looking to spends no more than AU $2500, focusing on what I need within budget that'll see me in good stead for a couple years. Also at this time I don't believe I'd need the portability of a laptop, prefer to get more bang-for-buck with a desktop. Would an iMac be my best choice? Currently can obtain a Prev-Gen 24-inch 2.8 GHz iMac, 2GB RAM with ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO for AU $2114. Suitable? Can obviously upgrade RAM to 4GB later, haven't obtained a local price for RAM etc on that yet. Or would either of the Curr-Gen 2.66 GHz/ 2.93 GHz iMac be more suitable? They are priced AU $2299 and AU $2799 respectively for default setup. Top level iMac is out of my price-range (AU $3499), and MacPros are exceedingly expensive. Currently only Macbooks and Macbook Pros available in Refurb section. Would also appreciate it if an experienced video-editor could break down what components and aspects of computer construction are most important with video-editing and associated programs. Big purchase, big commitment, first mac, non-computer builder, like to know that I have all my facts straight. Appreciate any and all responses.