Hi, I've been researching this forum as well as a few others. Quick background - suffered past 3 yrs with a buggy Dell 690 and now making the move to Mac. I'm primarily a webmaster, but I have a greater demand for video after producing an hour-long video that was shown to everyone in the company last year. I use the CS3 Master's Collection but will get Final Cut studio as part of the new Mac config. My IT support is only familiar with a PC environment, so they're basically leaving it up to me to recommend a system based on my needs. Here's what I've come up with (I already have 2x24" monitors and a 19" preview monitor): From Apple: 2.26 8-core, 6 GB memory, 1 TB system drive, 2x Nvidia GeForce 120 video card = $3549. From other vendors: 4 TB CalDigit HDElement RAID5 (incl. card) = $1499. (most people seem to agree that this is better than going with the Apple RAID card and $600 extra for 3x1 TB drives.) 32 GB RAM from OWC = $1197.99. Total system price: $6200. They are OK with the price if this is something that won't give me a headache like my PC did for the last 3 yrs. I don't work for a big production company or anything. Would like to run FCP or Premiere, AE, and PShop at the same time, when needed. Majority of video will be for the web and some projects shown on big screens at corporate functions, but color isn't a major concern (no broadcast monitors). I store all archival footage on tape or external HDs, and I rarely work with massive amounts of raw footage at one time. Does this machine sound like something that will do the job for the next 4 yrs? My only concerns are: A. 2010 MP's coming out soon, but I figure I'll just end up going over budget trying to get something similar; and B.the "Audio Decoding KILLS MacPro (2009) green factor" thread - although I don't do a heck of a lot with audio and I could always listen to music from my ipod instead. Any advice on areas I could improve or don't need that stays under my current price is appreciated. Thanks.