Sooo lets start with this. I use a Mac for Adobe CS4 Master and Final Cut mainly. I am on a price limit. So would the 8 cores be a waste for me, in other words do I use all eight cores with those programs? 1. This is what I am looking at, either going with a 09 2.26Ghz with the ati 4870 and then getting like the $1599 MacBook, because it is crucial I need something portable. Now I know that macbook wont run final cut very well, but I will do that on my Mac Pro. 2. Or 08 2.8ghz 8 core with the ati 4870 upgrade kit and the nice macbook pro. 3. Or I was thinking of going with either an 09 quad core and a nice MacBook Pro I mean or I could just go with the decked out macbook pro and use my LED 24" monitor. I would like some opinions! I definitely need something portable, I don't have to run final cut on the portable but I have to be able to run the adobe on the portable. I know the macbook can handle that, I have tried it. Any help would be appreciated!