I've only been a Mac user for a short time. I started with a MacBook for travel, and I've loved every moment of it. I've decided that my PC and I need to end our 6 year relationship. I told myself that once they announced the new mac pro, that I would get one, and since that time has arrived, I've put the wheels in motion finance-wise to get one. However, now that I've had a few weeks to mull over my decision, I'm starting to have a hard time justifying it to myself. I looked into top end Alienware and Dell computers, just as a comparison, and it looks like I can save a couple hundred dollars with one of those options. I wouldn't say money is an issue, I've saved the required money for any of these machines. I'm not rich by any means, saving a couple hundred bucks sounds great. I don't do video editing or anything of that nature, I'm mainly an internet junkie, gamer, and music enthusiast. The Mac Pro is overkill, but I think that at this point in my life, I need some overkill. I love the OS, the simplicity of the system, the sexy-ness, and the lack of hair-pulling that the Mac provides. As a side note, I've been building my own computers for years, but with a newborn, and work as hectic as it is right now, I don't feel up to building my own machine, thus the Dell/Alienware counterpoint instead of a DIY option. Enough rambling, my questions are as follows: Is $2900 worth spending on a machine that can be matched by a $2000 machine for all my needs and purposes? Can I justify paying more for a "gaming" rig that has more than I need (8 cores)?