...I think I'm going to invest in a MacPro. [in January after Apple typically announces new hardware] (I render, I use Aperture, Adobe's full design suite, modeling programs, I love Mail, and OSX...I would use it to its fullest extent) With that out of the way here is where the fun begins: + Mac Pro allows for 4 internal HDD bays. + There is dual gigabit network plugs on the back + There are dual FW800 plugs on the back as well Considerations and Questions: + I would consider a SSD (maybe two depending on size [raid 0?]) + SSD for OS (OSX and Win7) and main apps + I would need back up/raid solution + can you use NAS through Network/gigabit cable and achieve faster throughput than FW800. + Should I keep main files on comp and put media/etc. on external? + I would like to keep most things internal + Have back up (time machine) as an external device? + Raid 5 would eliminate more or less back up. would be an alternative "continuous" back-up solution to TM. (I would still make hard copies periodically [HDD or DVD]) + should I raid 0 most of the internal drives and back up externally? + Should I Raid 0 two small SSD for OS and Apps and Raid 0 two HDD for working files/documents and back up externally? What do you think would be a versatile set up. What would you recommend first as an internal solution, then what would you suggest as something that can expand externally. My friend recently pointed me towards this: http://www.econtechnologies.com/ ...which I may use to keep my main working files on my laptop (MacBook Pro) and desktop (MacPro) synced so I can work at school and work, then when I come home I can sync and work on more intensive files on the desktop. This is aimed at those who find interest in these puzzles. Let me know what y'all come up with...and why you would do it this way. Thanks!