I apologies right now, I know apple Macs have never been members of the camcorder family tree, but as Im intending to use it for Video capture from my new camcorder I thought Id crow bar the question into here. If moderators or friendly members would like to point me into a discussion forum where this topic fits more comfortably, Im all too happy to move. My current home PC is 8 years old, has a 7GB hard drive, 128mb RAM, some ancient Celeron processors and is dying a slow and painful death, the CDRW drive has broken leaving me with a very slow DVD-ROM. Ive tried on many occasions to slap some sense into it by reformatting it, stripping away every programme which isnt absolutely essential to its functioning, but still its slow as slow can be and for ever crashing. I tried to capture, edit and resave a 10 minute short film taken from my Mustek DV4000 6 in 1 camcorder, and the computer was out of action until the weekend when I had chance to try and pull it back from the brink of nervous exhaustion. What to do? Mac users are in unanimous agreement that a Mac of any sorts is the best thing since sliced bread. When Ive discussed this issue with people theyve always told me to get one and Ill never regret it I just dont know whether to believe them though, if this was a case of changing my normal brand of washing up liquid for new Cillit Bang, then if it turns out its not the right job for you, youre only £2.49 down and you can go back to buying your own. But this is just such a lot of money, I really need to be certain Im doing the right thing here. Ive got £475 saved up, when I get paid at the end of the month, Ill filter off a little bit more and could probably push it up to £550. Im after something that doesn't crash, that can store all my MP3s, and can edit, save and burn DVDs and additionally itd be nice to have the kind of computer that can record and produce original music too. Im not bothered about games and stuff. Questions: Should I buy a Mac or would I be better off with a PC for editing my videos (amongst other computer uses)? What kind of a Mac Mini, EMac or IMac is there that much difference if youre not a high end graphic designer or working for a TV production company. Dose anyone have any opinions on buying a Mac from Ebay I do worry that this is a lot of money to be pissing it away should it not function as well as a brand new model from the shops. Your help would be appreciated.