Here's where we need advice: My husband and I both need a new computer. However buying two at once is not financially easy. It's hard enough to buy ONE apple computer. He is a videographer and I am a graphic designer. Both of our current apple computers are 7 years old and making it impossible to do any freelance work at home. We bought them when we started college and have been using them ever since. I have a 400mhz original G4 Titanium laptop (yeah its a dinosaur...and chugs even in Photoshop CS) and my husband has a G4 tower 933 mhz. Even the internet is slow on these things...it's gotten really bad! At our jobs we both work on macpro systems loaded up and are quite spoiled, but are realistic that we cannot afford 7 thousand dollar systems. We currently have $2500 to spend on a new computer which we will share temporarily (and it will not be easy to do...I can see us fighting already over this) till we can save up for me a macbook pro... (that or we are going to bite the bullet and pay cash for one and charge the other). Anyway, he will not use a laptop, so macbook pro is out for him. Considering the $2500 would it be better to wait till the new imacs are released, go ahead and get the 24inch imac out now, or get the bottom of the line mac pro listed on mac mall's site(it's only a 4 core, 2.8 quad processor with the ATI radeon card). It's listing at a little over 2grand. Is the imac better since it has the better graphics card or is the outdated mac pro still way better? I know the macpro is expandable, but what's the difference in buying a new imac in three years or spending over a thousand or so dollars to upgrade the processor, ram, graphics card, etc during that time. For now we would put 4 gigs of ram on either. Obviously the imac would be maxed out altho I have read on here you can put 6 gigs on it. And also, if the macpro is the better choice of the two, are there any IPS panel monitors out there that are under $500? From what I have found they are all still pretty high for a decent 24 inch monitor. As much as we would love to have a 30inch apple cinema display like we use at work, it's just not very feasible financially. Any advice would be grateful! nutshell... top of the line, maxed out imac or outdated bottom of the line macpro?