Well here's the thing a little over a month ago I had a big fiasco with 3 24" iMacs that had bad screens... now I feel I can't go the iMac route and after thinking about it I like the idea of having a mac pro anyways (for upgradability and what not). So I'm trying to decide on a couple things... mainly Quad vs Octo, and the ATI card vs the 8800GT card. I'm not a Professional by any means (more like hobbyist hoping to be more someday), but I'm trying to start up my own little studio type thing. Basically I started doing small things for friends of mine, graphic design stuff, designing books, slideshows, editing home videos. Now I'm thinking of doing this on a larger scale. Someone wants me to do a wedding book for them, and their are other bigger projects as well. While I haven't had many video editing request, I really enjoy working with video and actually plan on doing my own short films in the future. The major programs I plan on using include: CS3, Final Cut Express, and Aperture once I get a better camera. I'd also like to move up to Final Cut Studio in year or two. I'm not much of a computer gamer (360 for that), but that could change if I had a capable computer. Money is kind of an issue... I only really wanted to spend $2000 on a computer, but that kind of went out the window with all the iMac problems. I'd like something that last me a while, but I don't really want to waste money on something I'm not going to see the benefits of either. So what do you guys and gals think? Would a Quad with the standard ATI card work for me? And would that be quite the performance boost over the current high end iMac? Thanks for any help.