Long time forum lurker, newly registered... I am stuck between getting an iMac and a Mac Pro. A 2.8GHz 24" iMac (pros: silent, display included, needs little desk space. Cons: display is glossy, hard drive cannot be changed by the user, no room for more drives, graphics card sucks). I'd rather want a Mac Pro because of the upgrade options. Four internal hard drives (space for photo and video work), the GeForce 8800 GT will make the gamer in me happy, and some 8GB of RAM will be a lot better for me when using heavy apps, rather than the 4GB RAM limit of the iMac. I'd settle for the Quad version, as this effectively is the headless Mac to fill the gap between the iMacs and the 8-core MPs. iSight The MP needs a display though, and so far Apple has not updated the ACDs with an integrated iSight. Can anyone confirm if the firewire based stand-alone iSight camera works with the Mac Pro when using the PC version of MSN via Parallels, Fusion and Bootcamp (XP and Vista)? I've got an iSight (been using it with my aging G4 400MHz Sawtooth...), but I don't know if it'll work when using PC apps for video communication (I'd rather not like to buy a separate ugly USB cam for a shiny new MP, so Apple, please give us new ACDs with integrated cams). Heat & noise I'm also interested in knowing of any heat/noise issues related to the new MPs. What kind of noise levels (and heat) will there be if I install 4 hard drives and generally use the MP for hours while pushing it to the max? My current 2.1GHz G5 iMac gets very noisy whenever I use it for only 2-3 hours, when gaming (WoW), or even just when Safari is the only open app. I need a silent machine (which is why the iMac might remain an option instead of an MP). Processor upgrade It is unlikely that I'll need 8 cores, but in the event that I get the Quad now, and in 1 or 2 years realise that I'd benefit from 8 cores, will I be able to upgrade the MP from 4 to 8 cores? Hard drives I've read new tests saying that RAM from OWC works like a treat in the new MPs. But how about hard drives? Macworld.com did some benchmarks recently, saying that the hard drive that comes with the MP (stock drive) is actually slower than the stock drive found in the iMacs... A review in the Baltimore Sun says the same: The stock drive is slow. What kind of drives do you recommend for the MP (speedy, reliable for 24/7 use, low heat, I want no fan noise and heat issues) ? MBP On a completely unrelated note, I'll also get a new MBP. Will I notice any heat issues or noise fan if I go for a 7,200rpm hard drive rather than a 5,400? Thanks in advance for any input on this.