I currently have a 2006 MP and a Powerbook G4. I do a lot of Nuke, C4D, AE and PS. I use the MP for all the heavy lifting and the PB mainly for internet, but the MP is getting a bit long in the tooth and I'm getting a bit tired of trying to keep both computers synced. I've been looking at the 2011 MBP 2.2 with the thought of getting an SSD, upgrading to 8GB RAM, an external FW800 Raid 1 enclose for all my working files and a 24"-27" monitor for when I'm working. Would this set up be ok for the intensive tasks listed above? I would like it to last at least 3 years before having to upgrade again. I will not be making my living from it, however I will be doing a lot of training, especially in Nuke, as I am starting a career in visual effects. I am looking at a MBP as I will be moving to a new flat soon and I'd like to try and keep the set-up relatively small. I will also be getting the MBP from HK (I have family connections there) and so instead of being £1849 ($3000) I will be able to get it for £1321 ($2150). Would the 2.3GHz upgrade be worth it? Any ideas or opinions are much appreciated!