I got an early 2008 Octo 2.8 for £1699 when they were launched, even though at the time, it seemed like with the Nehalem architecture shift coming in a year so I considered getting by with my iMac until this new machine came that was to deliver speed boosts of 50% when doing things like rendering video. It was more of a want than an absolute need purchase, but I pulled the trigger anyway. And what a powerful beast it is. Now, nothing against the new Mac Pros from a technical standpoint. They seem great, and the octos are no doubt going to be flame throwers when rendering. Still, at these prices, I think that I would probably still buy my machine today rather than paying £1900 for a 2.66 4-core, £2500 for a 2.26 Octo, or almost £4600 for a 2.93 Octo. ACK! I know that the £ has dropped and that the chips cost more, but the Nehalem lineup is making my trusty Penryn look like an absolute bargain, and in the past year I have taken all my video off of tape and rendered it for digital storage. While the new ones might do this faster, all in all I am incredibly satisfied with the Penryn and find myself with no envy at all.