I have a 2006 Mac Pro. I hate to admit it, but it's starting to feel slow. At work we have been buying the new iMacs and they feel like quite fast and capable machines. I was thinking of getting the 27" i7 model, with a 256GB SSD. This, coupled with external storage and a fileserver sounds like it would do the job that my Mac Pro does, but even better. My decision process is becoming victim to the long wait Apple has given us for the new Mac Pros, along with the unlikelyhood that the prices will come down. My budget is about $2500. iMac Advantages: - Consumes less power - Smaller form factor - Lower cost - Gorgeous display built in iMac Disadvantages: - No ECC memory option available - Completely unupgradeable; what you buy is what you get. - All storage options must be external, and Thunderbolt options have been sorely lacking - Any repairs involve hauling the machine to an Apple Store; they won't send you parts and let you do customer repairs. - Weaker GPU, but for what I do this isn't much of a factor - That above-mentioned gorgeous display won't be obsolete when the machine is, and can't be moved to a faster system So, any thoughts? I keep wondering if anyone else is in this same boat. I've loved my Mac Pro and it gave me a wonderful service life but Apple is making it hard to buy another one. Back in 2006 the Mac Pro was light-years ahead of any other Mac model in performance, but these days the difference is only marginal. Help me decide!