Alright, i'll try to be succinct. Pro User (freelance graphic artist) Mostly Print PhotoShop (could be gigabytes in file size so consider this when thinking about "Option 2") Illustrator Indesign Some AfterEffects and 3D I need to start learning a 3D app and working in AfterEffects. I won't have the time or patients to wait while every single move i make in AfterEffects makes me wait over and over. This was my first experience with AfterEffects. I couldnt put together a composition without having to wait 15 to 20 minutes just to see a 10 second render of what i did. Working with such a slow system allowed no room for experimentation. Please note: Prices do not include Ram. Also, the systems are about the same in cost. I am not worried about a few hundred dollars. My thinking is, buy the top of the line iMac and sell it in a year. Top of the line system should have better resale value. Where as if I buy the low end Mac Pro system, resale value could be less. If it wasnt for the AfterEffects and 3D factor, and the work i do with 1Gig Photoshop files, I'd say the iMac. But i need performance and if the iMac is going to make me wait excessively, then it will cost me more money in the long run. Option 1 Mac Pro Base Model One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Inte ATI 5870 GPU ATI 5870 HD 1Gig 8Gigs of Ram $2499 Option 2 Top iMac Model 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 16 Gigs of ram ATI 5870 HD 1Gig (Isnt this the mobile version? wont that limit the iMacs performance compared to the Mac Pros Desktop version of the GPU)? $2199 And actually, theres an Option 3 Purchase the previous Mac Pro model Im sure the iMac could handle the PhotoShop work. But i really dont want to get a system that cant handle rendering in AfterEffects. Waiting 15 minutes for 10 seconds of footage wont do. Thanks for the help, any AfterEffects pros, please chime in.