My brave little dual-core Macbook Pro has finally come to the end of his work lifespan. We started out just doing graphic design, then playing with iMovie and struggling with Final Cut Express. With the upgrade to Final Cut X, it is simply too much for the little guy to handle. I like the idea of buying for the future. Ideally, my next computer should last me about five years. It will need to do the following: Run Final Cut X. Mostly for news/documentary style work...no heavy effects editing, though I am interested in playing around with Motion. Run Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark and Fireworks, usually all at once. Play Civilization V with all the graphics turned up so the fog of war isn't an ugly gray block across the screen. The 12 core is tempting, but I feel like I could easily get away with the 8. I also plan to wait until the new release, as the model has been out for a while. Should I suck it up and pay for beefier processor in order to future-proof the rig or am I wasting money on power I don't need? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!