Hello everyone. I'm trying really hard not to get into the obsessive power hungry (must have as much speed as possible!) mindset (4 vs 6 etc). I am a hardcore hobbyist and do some freelance occasionally on the side. I'm still young and I'm still learning how to get really good at motion graphics/after effects. I will probably do this for a living one day, but this will be my personal machine that I want to practice on. I will be using my machine for: Lightroom/Photoshop (20mb RAW files) Video editing/transcoding/compressing After Effects Cinema 4d (not insane stuff, but I want to use it to enhance motion graphics/do camera mapping, tracking etc) Will I be good w/ the 2.8 quad and 12gb of ram? Will this be fine for pretty much everything I do? I don't have insane deadlines, so will the speed be good enough? I want the Mac pro because of the multiple use of harddrives, future potential of having a RAID, etc. Thanks for slapping some reality on me! btw I am running a 2.5 year old MBP and it's really slow...that's why I want to upgrade.