I'm a long time windows user, but I've tried- on several occasions- to switch to Ubuntu, or Mint, or Debian, or various other flavors of Linux. The only reason I don't is proprietary stuff like certain printer drivers, games, and netflix. I tried virtualbox but I hate the fact that I can't get it to utilize all (or atleast most) of my hardware.
Anyway, the Linux bug has bitten me again, and I'm going to give it another shot and I'm hoping I can stick with it this time around with the help of the forums (feel free to offer persuasive words for the moments I feel less driven). But the above got me thinking: besides the servers who manage LOADS of data, what does the everyday linux user need a powerful machine for? The gaming selection (though I'm aware it's growing) mostly contains quirky little indie games that don't require all that much power. I guess I see the need for it when it comes to photo editing with gimp, but video (which to my understanding is more demanding) doesn't seem to have any real competitors to the high-end power eating monsters like Vegas or FinalCut or Premier. Aside from games and video rendering, I can't think of much more that needs the horsepower of a quad-core overclocked monster or a monstrous graphics card.
I'm sorry if any of this offended anyone- I know there are plenty of professionals who depend on Ubuntu and Linux and have found very useful tools to aid them in their line of work- I just want to be enlightened.