I'm approaching the end of four years as a mature student and have been almost buying a mac pro (on student discount) all that time but having waited for Nehalem the 09 Mac Pro prices have finally done for me. The 06 Mac Pro was well priced but "only 4 cores" so I waited for 08 and this had eight cores but RAM was very expensive and so I waited and then Nehalem was almost out and then when it came it was a major disappointment, very expensive and not enough RAM slots. So I've finally ordered a Dell Precision T3500, it may lack the style of the Mac but it is a lot cheaper (for a one processor 4 core system) and has many more options (I'm getting a 3.2GHz processor and 12GB or RAM and an FX3800 Quadro). (To compare prices on a 2.93GHz system with a basic graphics card and 6GB of RAM from Crucial and 3 years support etc the Mac Pro is £2,614 full price, £2,083 with student discount but the Dell T3500 is only £1400.) So I'm not buying a Mac Pro for the same reason I've never taken up skiing - I'm afraid that I'll enjoy it too much and it is just too expensive a habit to acquire. It is a shame that I've already bought a couple of books on Cocoa programming! Perhaps in a couple of years I'll buy a Mac mini or a mac book or if I continue to get an education discount as a teacher I may succumb in five years time.