the schools P4's just don't have a hope against my 6850 at 4.2
Makes no difference to me; I always find a way around things. First I try wine for OSX (Darwine). If that fails, I try VirtualBox. If that, for some reason, fails, I just install it on my desktop and use remote desktop connection to access it.
If worst comes to worst, I could use windows in Bootcamp. But alas, I've not yet had to.