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Secondly, the screens. I have come to the conclusion that Mac screens are like Marmite. Now, whereas I love Marmite, I absolutely loath the shiny gamma cranked screens, especially on iMacs. They're like looking at an American's teeth, way too shiny and bright, IMHO.I don't suppose it's worth suggesting that you wait for the sales? Do Apple ever do discounts?
I suppose it's like buying a car, a Merc with all the bells and whistles or a basic Ford, no contest really but they both get you to where you want to go, and with the traffic considerations with very little time difference.