Hello all fellow video enthusiasts. I just sold my motorcycle not long ago and have decided to use the money I made on some alright video equipment for a beginner. I purchased a Panasonic TM700 on the cheap for $750 before its $1100 2011 replacement starts taking over. I currently have a custom built pc (very cheapo one, Pentium dual-core overclocked to 3.5ghz) and have in the past made it work as a hackintosh, but in all my experience, hackintoshes are never completely stable & functional. So it's running windows right now, but I'd rather lean towards the Apple editing software instead of using something like Sony vegas. Sony vegas has a 30 day trial which I'm using right now to edit the TM700 footage, but I can already see where Final Cut would be better because a lot more plug-in effects out there work for Final Cut instead of Sony Vegas. Anyways, ever since Apple released their newest revision of the Macbook pro with quad-core sandy bridge chips, I've been massively interested. The TM700 takes 1080 footage at 60p as well as compressed in an h.264 mpeg-2 container so that footage requires a little more power than what my current rig has to offer. I'd like to stick to a real mac, and mobility is becoming more and more important to me. My budget is sort of tight, and as much as I love Apple products, the optional additions can be a real rip-off. I was thinking of getting the base 15" macbook pro and add the option for the 1680x1050 glossy display. I also plan to buy an optibay so I can fit a 40gb Intel SSD I currently own in the superdrive area, pretty much only for the OS and oftern used apps, then have the 500gb 5400rpm drive for video storage. What I am wondering is if the base gpu, the 6490M w/256mb of ram would be sufficient for Motion 4 along with some the the gpu-accelerated effects in FCP? I plan to up the ram to 8gb later on (cause I know Motion loves ram) but I was wondering if any of you have real experience with using two different GPUs for editing and if it really made a difference? For $400 more I'd get the 6750M w/1gb ram, along with the bigger hd and cpu frequency bump (I've been overclocking long enough to know a 200mhz bump is unnoticeable in real life). $400 more means I'm missing out on buying a proper camera bag, some filters, a case, wide-angle lens, and a tripod. For those who use the Final Cut Suite, does the GPU really have a profound effect on the performance of the suite? I know the 256mb is within spec of motion, but right at the bottom, and I don't plan to do anything more gpu-intensive than editing. Any valuable opinions with experience would be greatly appreciated!