Initially, I wanted a mac pro then I downgrade to a MacBook... and now I am thinking of an iMac. I am not willing to spent more than 1700. Considering my situation/preferences/usage, what should I get? Help! 1. Web browsing 2. Music 3. Movies 4. Words(whatever else relates to school; no heavy graphics necessary; I am a biologist) 5. Photography (photo editing) 6. Refurbished or New ? Do I take my laptop everywhere I go? Probably not. When I was living on campus I do take my Sony laptop with me to the library a lot. It's basically for writing papers. That's about the only time I take my laptop out of my room. Few questions about the iMac, I am thinking of the 24" with 2gb memory. Q1: Can I upgrade (install) more memory later on my own? Q2: What is the estimated life span of an iMac, considering I will be using it very conservatively meaning I will use it with cautious? Q3: My work place is having an Apple closeout, so the 24" is being discounted to 1300 (however no free ipod touch nor printer). What should I go for? Through Apple store or through my work place?