I'm not even sure where to put this thread since it encompasses so much, but since all options involve iMacs I figured it'd be a good place to start. I have one of the mid-07 Aluminum iMacs (2.4GHz, 120GB SSD, 6GB RAM) that I've maxed out. I've been using it to record in GarageBand using a 1TB WD My Book Studio that used FW800. Well, that drive just crapped out on me, and I have some decisions to make. I'm at the point to where I'm really weary about putting more $ into this system. That being said, I've been considering buying this: http://www.amazon.com/G-Technology-...0&sr=1-1&keywords=firewire+800+external+drive I have some credit card points that would bring that down to about $50 or so, the problem being that it's only 5400 rpm. I don't expect too many people to know about that stuff in this thread, but I think the difference would be subtle since I don't use many tracks and my processor may be the bottleneck anyway. They also have a Western Digital FW drive that's 500GB for $70, but I will never under any circumstances buy a WD drive again. Plus I feel like I want 1TB anyway. The other option would be to buy a new system, even though my current one works perfectly fine. It's been 8 1/2 years since I've gotten a main computer, and when I go I go hard, so I was looking at this one: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/G...uad-core-intel-core-i5-with-retina-5k-display Mainly because I'm also into photography, would love the bigger screen, and could probably just use the Fusion drive to record since I'm not a heavy tracker anyway. So I guess what I'm looking for here are opinions? Thoughts? At this point, what would be the best option for me?