manning...no problem! I understand where you are coming from, and respect the input.
Just to put it in perspective tho...I choose Mac right now because of OS X. The memory handling is better than XP IMO, and thus allows me to work with some larger sample libraries loaded up without relying more heavily on disk streaming, and thus requiring more host overhead (read as: more loaded into RAM, less host draw). I use BFD and Ivory at the same time alot, and might add one more sample driven instrument occassionally. BFD with the kits I use is bad enough...but I have it slimmed down to within a 4G confine...getting it down to 2-2.5G would be difficult/impossible- I have tried!
I have no intention of starting a Mac v PC war...I love both platforms! Heck, I ran PT HD on XP, and pioneered the hardware for the computers to run it. But, I am also a huge fan of the new Mac Pros, and love OS X...and Linux. I see benfits with each. I see nasties with each. And Vista looks like it will be nice...I am just not ready to gamble on it yet. And I am doing this plea for help because I really do need something now..let's just say it is to prevent a full emotional meltdown...lol!!! (kinda hinted at by the long ramblings in the form of a desperate plea for help...). I really do appreciate all the input so far...