I talked to our NMR guy and and he suggested a free windows alternative to try before going through other trouble so I am going to go that route. However, he did say that the virtual centos box should work in theory (turns out our machines are running CentOS boxes with this program). If I don't enjoy the alternative I will run the virtual box and hopefully it will be quick enough to be worth it without dual booting.
Tekio: Yeah, they really want a beefy video card and some serious cpu power but only for the higher dimensional experiments you can run. I deal mainly in 1D and then only in simple data manipulation (our main instruments handle the major calcs before I get the data). Hopefully the minor use I need on a day to day basis would be doable with virtulization.
TheFunk: Happy V-Day to you too.
The OsX thought was because alot of people around here are rocking it and I thought there was more reason to it than "well, it came with the computer".
Thanks for the advice guys, if I end up attempting the virtual box (may do it anyway so there is precedence later, guess we'll see how the weekend goes) I'll post on how it worked.