I'm happy to have found this forum as I need advice. The question has been posed before but I'd like to get some feedback relating to my husband's situation. My husband works as a photographer/videographer for a private school. He currently uses an iMac 20 with upgraded RAM and hard drive. He primarily uses Final Cut Pro, Aperture, iMovie, and Photoshop. We are thinking about getting a family computer for Christmas; of course, he will be the primary user (and often brings work home), but our 9 year old daughter and I (both PC users) will get to play a little too. So this is the choice we've narrowed it down to: 1) mac pro with 2 2.66 dual-core Intel Xeon, 1 GB memory (to be upgraded when we have more cash, 500 GB harddrive, 2 16x Super Drive, Bluetooth and Airport Extreme, with an Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse. About $3100 with my educational discount. (Gotta love being a teacher!) Main reason for choice: super fast and expandible Problem: our budget doesn't allow for a monitor so we would connect it to our 17" Polaroid flat screen. OR 2) iMac 24 inch, upgraded with 2 GB memory and 500 GB hardrive and upgraded graphics card. About $2900 with the upgrades. Main reason for choice: comes with a big, yummy display Problem: not so expandible, not as fast. We keep going back and forth. First, I wanted choice 2 and he wanted choice 1. Now, I'm thinking choice 1 and he's coveting that choice 2 big screen. I guess the real problem is that we don't know if we want something that will last us a much longer time because of it's expandibility plus it's super speed for his professional uses OR will we get the more consumer-friendly model with the nice screen with plans of replacing it in 4-5 years when new technology might make even the Mac Pro a little obsolete. I really appreciate any feedback you all could provide as I'd like to make the purchase prior to Christmas. Thanks.