Yeah... another one of these threads. But hopefully you guys can shed some light on a system I am trying to spec out. I am primarily a filmmaker, more production geared than editing geared. I have a first gen Mac Pro, 2.66 dual core with 4 gb of RAM that's pretty much on it's last leg. I have been getting more and more work as an editor combined as a cinematographer, so I am looking to purchase a new MP. I will be editing in FCP primarily, with a bit of Color work. I don't dabble in AE or effects that much, so I'm looking for something beefy enough to edit a feature film, short films, music videos, commercials, etc. Basic straight editing, nothing 4K yet. Just HDV, DSLR 1080p type stuff. My budget is $4,500-6,000. I already have a 30" ACD. I know the story about not getting Apple RAM and whatnot, so I'm just looking for a basic system that I can upgrade when needed as far as RAM and peripherals go. I have this: http://g-technology.com/products/g-speed-es.cfm Which I haven't used yet, so I guess I'm looking for advice on what processors would benefit me the most, and what exactly I can do with RAID. Obviously I have the G Raid external tower, but do I need a RAID card for the MP to get it to work? And if I get an SSD for boot drive, can I not RAID my internal drives? Any advice is greatly appreciated!