Hello, I am an architecture student going into my third year and am required to purchase a new computer for next year. As a longtime Mac user, I am definitely going to get a Mac. Basically, I am not sure which computer would suit me best and need some help deciding. This computer needs to be one that can be used for the next 3 years (and handle subsequent updates to the programs I will be using), and hopefully a few more after that (although I will probably purchase a new work computer at that point). Here are the programs I will be using: (On Parallels or VMWare): Autodesk Revit *Take this mainly into account* Autodesk 3ds Max (not too much) AutoCAD Natively: Sketchup Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign (CS3) Possibly some kind of Video Editing program (maybe Final Cut Express) Hardware needs: RAM: 6gb min HD: 1 TB What kind of setup would you guys suggest? I was looking into 3 (well 4) different options: iMac 24 inch mac pro 2.66 quad core Mac Pro 2.93 quad core Mac Pro 2.26 octo core I would more or less like the cheapest option that will run these programs well. Time is extremely important as an architecture student so I need a system that will be able to do 3d renders well as well as sometimes run multiple programs simultaneously (as I will be doing some multitasking). **Let me say, however, that I will not be using 3ds Max a whole lot, so take into account Autodesk Revit more than 3ds Max** I will be upgrading to Snow Leopard when it comes out, so please take that into account as well. Thanks for the help!