Hello everyone, I've been saving up for my first Mac, and although I always wished I could get a Pro, it was never an affordable option. I'm in the EU, and for the iMac I'd set my sights on (27", i7 processor, 256 SSD + 2GB HD, 4GB RAM) I'd have had to pay $4600 US (that includes an extra 2x4 GB of RAM from Crucial). The base Mac Pro costs $4485 here, 27" display costs $1500. I've been keeping my eye on a second hand forum, and someone has just put up the following Pro for sale (condition - "indistinguishable from brand new"): MacPro 4,1: 8-core Xeon Nehalem 2.26Ghz / 10GB RAM / 500gb HDD / GF120. He writes that the video card has been modified and now includes a noiseless radiator instead of the stock fan. From his description I gather the stock 640GB HD has been replaced with the current 500 GB HD because the latter is noiseless. He has not stated its brand and other specs, I could of course ask him. Apple Cinema Display 30" His asking price for the Pro + display package is $3447. The Pro has also got an optional 2хSSD FORCE SERIES CORSAIR F60 in a RAID (for a total of 120 GB) - $262 Optional keyboard + mouse - $70 Optional Lacie Quadra 2 TB portable HD with firewire 800/400, eSATA, USB - $220 If one buys the package with the optional stuff included, total would be $3930 US. For the record, the reason I would rather max out the iMac is that a) the machine is going to be used for heavy duty prepress, 3D rendering + Photoshop work, and moderate amounts of large-file video processing, and b) I want the system to last as long as possible. A minimum of let's say 4-5 years - I can't afford to upgrade an Apple machine more frequently than that. It seems to me like this Pro (SSD RAID included) is a great find and a better investment than an 2011 iMac, though I might have to upgrade the video card. The fact, however, is that I'm not hardware-savvy so my estimate may well be very inaccurate. Could you please let me know what you'd do if you were in my shoes? A 2011 iMac or the above Pro?