Hi all, Sorry for the lengthy post, but I'm trying to get all the info out in one shot. Gleaned tons of information the past year and a half off this forum and finally signed up. I started my mac adventure last summer with a white 13" macbook with 2.4ghz dual core w/ snow Leopard and primarily use it for school and casual video editing after adding 4 gigs of ram and a 500GB hdd. Here's what I've been doing and what I hope to do with some guidance from the macrumor gods: I'm looking to step up my editing game as I've hit a wall using iMovie HD (06?) with various third party plug-ins. My camera of choice is the Samsung HMX-10 720P camcorder simply because I got it for <300 and it has xlr available. Most of my editing is for RC races using pip, slow mo, and basic transitions. I've already picked up an acer 23" 1080 monitor for dual screening my macbook and have a 19" AOC tele available as well. My biggest problem is that after any given race I have 8 to 16 gigs of video to crunch and being unable edit and export at the same time removes all hope of a relaxing sunday (and even monday) after the race. I just picked up the FCS2 academic version off fleabay on the cheap and am now considering a dedicated computer for editing, exporting, uploading and burning a couple hundred DVD's of each racing season. In short, I'm looking for suggestions from other budget editors on using ANY mac for such endeavors. Thanks!