Hello. First time poster. I'm due to start a graphic design course in September at Coventry uni (UK) - looking to buy a mac. Waiting for Tiger and it'll be a few months yet before I buy one. The first year of the course should be pretty easy going so a powerful mac shouldn't be essential from the start. Currently a Sony Vaio desktop user - PC is awful and in the last few weeks has really started to struggle with basic photoshop requests.(i'm currently on a foundation art and design at coventry uni - I've been doing basic graphic design projects for the last few weeks) Currently have a Hercules 15" TFT screen - its a ok screen would like to upgrade though, Those apple cinema screens look pretty tasty as do the iMac screens. Portability isn't a big thing. Mac will be at uni house for 10 -12 weeks then brought home for a month or so, then taken back to uni etc. Looked at powerbooks/ibooks, nice but I would be paying extra for portability I probably wouldn't use. Budget of around £900 -1200 (sorry you seem to be more US based so sorry for the old sterling) but should be able to spend another £1000ish in about three years for upgrades/replacement. (if I have to) I'm also get a student discount around 7%. Considering mac mini ( full spec but no bluetooth) with 20" apple display but thats the same price as a iMac with 20" screen, but would allow me to upgrade to a powermac and still keep the screen in a few years but would rather have a Mac which would serve me through all 4 years with out having to buy a new machine. The iMac looks great, 17" would easily be big enough for me (love a 20" though) and I would have the power of a G5 now (plus with at least a 1gb of RAM) but no separate display in 4-5 years. Also airport extreme is a must as my uni house has wireless broadband. iMac 17" 1.8ghz (airport, 1gb RAM (2X512mb) - £1000. A 20" iMac with airport, 1gb of RAM would be pushing £1200) looks like the prime contendor at the moment. oh software is provided by the uni so I don't have to budget for this. Photoshop, illustrator etc. Thanks in advance for any replies and advice. I'm having a hard time deciding on which mac is for me, I must want every single mac even looked at getting a powermac g4.