All the waiting I read about for the new Mac Pro has me waiting for one. Its giong to be my first. I already know what I would get if I wait for the new mac pro: I'd get the bottom of the line single chip fewest amount of cores. I wouldn't upgrade the graphics. I would go for two 2 TB drives and one optical drive. I would probably go ahead and have them put 2 gigs of ram in each slot so I didn't have any empty slots. Currently with the current MP's, I'm looking at some $3400 without the display. I don't know half of the technical mojo that I read on here about lanes and chipsets. I know what nand gates are and Karnough maps though.. Essentially, I am waiting because I want this computer to last as long as possible.. Now I have an option where someone might sell me their 2008 dual 2-core and I might be able to score licenses for some software I want also as part of the deal. Essentially, for $2000, I'd get the '08 MP, a 27" Apple display, and a couple thousand $'s worth of software that I want. as well as the upgraded to current MP graphics card. Here is where my concerns kick in: I end up liking the software and for whatever reason, I end up needing to scrap the hard-drive I end up losing the software part of the deal.. I'm also sketched that something might be wrong with the motherboard or some other part of the equation. the Seller says he's doing this so he can buy a server. I have no reason not to believe him and no evidence that anything is wrong with the machine.. part of the deal is, the hard drive in it now is a brand new one loaded up with Leopard which makes me scratch my head since he says he has Lion but doesn't like it. The other part is he put the graphics card and hard-drive in himself. I get weirded out about hearing of "certain" people doing their own hardware. (like someone who opted for Leopard instead of Lion). Any insight would be much appreciated. The deal seems like it could save me about $3000--- on the other hand, if I go for the new computer, I may be able to take it slow and slowly upgrade the software later and buy cheapo displays. this decision is using up all of my brain cells.