Ok, don't hate...but I've been a pc guy for years...could never justify the expense of a Mac with all my other expenses. But now I feel like I need to move forward. I have a Asus laptop running Windows 7 64 bit, Pentium I5, 2.50 ghz...which apparently every usb interface (at least the 3 I've tried so far) does not like at all. I'm just tired of banging my head against the wall. I looked in all the FAQ's and recording stickies, but some are really old so I thought I would ask here. I want to be able to record a few tracks on my own, add tracks to mp3's that people send me, make click tracks with backing loops for bands I play with. I'm not in the recording business and do not need 10,000 virtual tracks or any of that. I want something simple and easy to use without headaches. I am not up to speed on models of Macs or names of operating systems like Snow Armadillo or Sun Lizard and whether they work with Garage Band or Logic or not. I tried various mac forums, and I get 20 people telling me 20 different things on what is best. So I thought I would come to the sanest people I know...the Bass Brotherhood! If I was to purchase a used or refurbished Mac, what is some of the most economical models I might find to do what I want to do? Do I need to look for, or watch out for certain OS or hard drive speed issues? I would love to stay around $500. (please, I have kids in college, so no "for only $500 more you can get....") I see a lot of refurbs out there that meet that criteria price wise...I'm just not sure about what I would need, or what might not work. I would appreciate any advice.....thanks in advance!