Hi guys, I'm new to this forum, watching the Macrumors news since more than a year now. I'll be finishing my training at work (2D/3D Artist print) end of january and thinking about which machine fits best for me at home, as I might be able to spend a little more money into it. I'm one of those guys working alot at home to raise skills in painting and 3D and with my current Mac Mini G4 1,4 Ghz 1 Gig Ram its just no fun to do. Especially in Photoshop when painting Mattes bigger than 2k I need to wait up to two seconds for a brushstroke to calculate. It's hell ... and 3D isn't fun too, as its close to impossible to model and render in acceptable time. At Cinebench my Macmini had a score of 98 in CPU Benchmark. So a 24" iMac would be 7 times faster. I also did a Photoshop Benchmark and it supports this fact. Macpro would be 13 times faster. coming octa macpro like 20 times faster. For me its important to be able to paint fluidly in resolutions up to 5k 300dpi. Modeling in Maya/Modo/LW should be fluid as well even till high resolution objects. Huge screen is another important thing I need. I'd use my old 17" tft as second screen for palettes. The question is ... whats the better option: 24" Imac 2Gig Ram 500 HD for about 2700 Euro or 2,66 GHz mac pro 2Gig Ram 2x 250 HD 23" Cinema Display for about 3700 Euro ???? I have about 1800 saved now ... and I need to plan to save for my own flat aswell. I know Leopard, ilife07 are coming ... mac pro octa maybe on january 9th ... A Quad 24" imac would be the best option I guess ... But please tell me your opinions guys. maybe a mac pro is too much for me at this early stage of my career. Thank you very much in advance.