I would appreciate your comments, suggestions, corrections and feedback on my thinking around purchasing a Nehalem Mac Pro to replace my Power Mac G4. What I use my Mac for Apart from the usual email, web access, productivity (office suite), iPhoto, iTunes, etc, I also run MYOB for a small business and use Photoshop at a beginner hobby level and Final Cut Studio at an intermediate hobby level. My current Mac and why I want to upgrade Power Mac G4 Quicksilver purchased August 2002(!) Processor: 1GHz Memory: 2 GB PC133 Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4600 AGP -128 MB Display: Apple Cinema 23" HD 1920x1200 AGP The superdrive is dead, the sound card is dead, the machine no longer shuts down and crashes at least once a day. I cannot install Final Cut Pro 5 or Motion 2 because the graphics card does not support these applications. After extensive research and actually buying an ATI Radeon 9600 PRO AGP -256 MB graphics card only to prove it will not work with my Quicksilver, I firmly believe there is no way I can get my G4 to run FCP 5 or Motion 2. That means I can't use my Mac to do what I like doing best (Final Cut Studio fun). And it crashes every day. And it's seven years old now - I think I got my money's worth! My current thinking on a Nehalem Mac Pro I am buying in Sydney, Australia and will quote all costs in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please give me the benefit of your wisdom here, I am posting this because I want feedback. Processor It seems to me the way to go here is to get the 4-core 2.66 GHz machine (AUD $4,500) over the 4-core 2.93 GHz (AUD $5,500) or 8-core 2.26 (AUD $5,900) or 8-core 2.93 (AUD $10,600). My reasoning is that the base spec processor should be good enough for how I use my Mac. I do use Final Cut Studio, but only as a hobby (there is no "time is money" consideration). I have read that the 4-core/4 memory slot vs 8-core/8 memory slot consideration means that the total price of processor and memory gets closer for say a 16 GB memory configuration. I examined that and found a AUD $270 saving to purchase eight 2GB memory chips for the 8-core versus four 4GB memory chips for the 4-core. That's not convincing given the AD $1,400 price difference in the machines. Memory Given a 4-core 2.66 GHz machine my thinking is to go to 16GB memory with four 4GB memory chips from somewhere like OWC. Using their online shopping basket with shipping calculator that's ~ AUD $770 shipped to my door. Another suggestion was to go with two 4GB memory for a total of 8GB and the top up with another two 4GB once the price drops later on. If only I was that kind of patient. Graphics card I could really use some advice. Some say the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 -512MB that comes standard is plenty enough for what I want to do. Others say for Motion 4 and Final Cut Pro 7 you'd be mad not to spring for the ATI Radeon HD 4870 -512 MB (AUD $400 upgrade when ordering MP from Apple). Comments? Can the ATI card be purchased for better value anywhere other than Apple? Disk drives The standard 640GB drive in bay 1 seems fine. I was thinking to go for a 1TB drive in bay 2 and bay 3 (to be used for data and projects) and a 2TB drive in bay 4 to be used for a Time Machine backup. 1 TB Western Digital Enterprise drive specs 2 TB Western Digital drive specs The OWC calculator tells me AUD $450 shipped for the two 1TB drives and and AUD $690 shipped for the 2TB drive. Comments on drive selection? Better value somewhere else? Display My 23" Apple Cinema HD display still works fine so I figured I would just keep using it. The display has the ADC connector but I also have an Apple DVI-I to ADC adapter. Can anyone confirm that means I can use my current display with a Mac Pro? AppleCare Does it matter where you purchase AppleCare from or is it a matter of finding the cheapest available? BuyMac has it for AUD $339 compared to AUD $419 at Apple Store. Transferring software/settings and upgrading Final Cut Studio I've heard that transferring from my G4 to a Mac Pro should be a piece of piss. And the same with upgrading Final Cut Studio (AUD $429 upgrade). Any comments on that? The Apple store wants to sell me a "one on one" service for AUD $129 where they provide some level of help and assistance in doing this. Comments? Any help is appreciated!