Thought I would ask for your opinions as well. I will be using final cut pro x when it finally comes out to do some surfing vids, music vids, and pictorial vids. I will be capturing video on my t2i and will be doing editing on my machine. Mostly color adjustments, cutting and syncing to music, speeding up and slowing down frames. I was wondering if I would notice a huge difference jumping up from the base model to the highend model. No CGI or gaming will be done on this machine. Most extensive programs will come from photoshop/illustrator and final cut pro x. Would like your opinions, thanks.