This is so hilarious...
Immersion - your comments are completely cracking me up - thanks for the humor today. I guess I'll say this - a lot of the people on this forum know a lot of stuff about music, gear, recording, and computers. It's why I asked here. My personal background in computers goes back a long way (professionally in IT for 16 years - from mainframes to os/2 to windows and linux servers -but I tackle IT more form a data/database/programming point of view), and yes, I've run Vista and spiffy new machines and it still bugs the heck out of me. It's just a personal preference thing. What works for you - works for you - and that's awesome. Use the tools that work best for you.
I'm interested in a mac because I'm ready to go that route. If I were going to stick with pc - I'd go the ADK Pro Audio route which Paul brought up again in this thread (he's the one that originally turned me onto them a few years ago). They're a good company and spec out some great machines. But... I'm ready to go mac.
Let's bring this back to what I wanted to talk about in the first place... I've decided on the iMac - I linked to it earlier in the thread - it's a 24" iMac. I have a Presonus Firestudio Project sound card. I'll primarily be using hardware and recording audio. I rarely sequence.
I found where I can order the firewire 400 to 800 adapters - it appears that's going to work ok with maybe a bit of tinkering.
I'll most likely use Reaper ( http://www.reaper.fm
) because I can't afford to go Logic from the start and Reaper looks like a good fit for me.
What other nifty, very affordable apps are out there for music on a mac? Let's keep it in the under $100 category.