Hey peoples! So... I have sold my 2008 iMac, with the intention of buying the 2.8Ghz 8-core Mac Pro. I'd love to know what benefits this machine will bring me; by this, I mean feedback from current owners of the same model, who run MAYA and 3DS Max, and also general feedback from Mac Pro owners. I live in the UK, and the Mac Pro doesn't seem to be particularly discounted by any reasonable amount; is there some way (apart from HE discount) that I can get a chunk of cash off my Mac Pro?. My local Apple retailer tells me they'll give me "between 5-10% off, depending"... but depending on WHAT, was unspecified (I'd ask my brother to get it with his student discount for this). The iMac is a lovely Mac, but I just feel that going with the ULTIMATE Macintosh is beneficial to my new interest in 3D design apps such as Maya, 3DS and Lightwave. I have NO doubts that the renders are going to speed up significantly, but I'd appreciate hearing from you guys PERSONALLY, and not linked to reviews and generic pie chart comparisons. 1/ Does the base model with 2Gb ram, run FASTER than the base config iMac 24" with 2Gb ram?. I'd have thought so due to it being 8-core XEON 2/ Are there any UK retailers where I can purchase FBDIMMS cheaper than, say, Crucial? (I know NEVER to buy Apple ram). Is there a SIGNIFICANT reduction in 3D modelling render times, using more ram?. 3/ I'd just like to hear from people who are pleased with their Mac Pro (most, I'd expect! ) and to be given tips and tricks that will benefit me. Anything else you deem applicable to my query will be taken on board. Many thanks - this is my BIGGEST Mac ever (no cheesy pun intended!).