After mulling over the various options for configuring the MacPro here in Canada, I've come up with this optimum bang for the buck setup: First pick up this system from Apple: Two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon 1GB (2 x 512MB) 160GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI) 1 x SuperDrive Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse No wireless (it's a desktop for heavensake!) No software No Applecare No Display Total: $3,129 I picked the X1900 because it was cheaper to upgrade through Apple. I downgraded the hard drive because the downgrade (subtract $90) just about paid for a 320GB HD below. I did not opt for Applecare because my Visa adds a year of manufacturer warranty (it's a hassle to deal with, but then again, it's supposed to be unlikely that I have to use it... basic premise of selling warranties and all...) The downgrade in the processor was not worth it because you lose 24% processor performance for around 11% savings. Then add these components from a cheap PC computer store (I used NCIX.com pricing, because they're down the street from me): $901.74 2 x Kingston PC2-5300 2GB DDR2-667 FBDIMM ($450.87ea) $341.94 3 x Seagate Barracuda SATA2 320GB 7200.10 (113.98ea) $719.98 2 x Viewsonic VX2025WM 20IN LCD Monitor 1680X1050 (359.99ea) Total: $1,963.66 I chose the 2GB RAM because the cost per GB of RAM was pretty much the same. The choice of the 320 HD's was based on cost per GB. I only buy Seagate, mainly becaue of the 5-year warranty. The Viewsonics are nice, I have one myself. Installing the HD and RAM is soooo easy, why pay Apple to do it for you? Don't sell off any components (RAM, HD) because you'll need to put those back in if it has to be repaired. Complete system is $5,092.66 (plus taxes...) It's even cheaper with the education discount ($4,868.66), plus you get an iPod, which you can resell to recoup some of the cost. I guess I'm not really asking a question, just posting some thoughts.