I will run Aperture 3, Sketchbook, Pixelmator, and maybe Coda the most. I will use Final Cut the least. I don't believe in feeding the Adobe monster, I just prefer software that was for the most part written for use on a mac. I don't want to spend a ton, but I don't want to upgrade in the very near future either. I want a ton of screen real estate, so I will not negotiate on the size of the display, bigger the better. I am debating the need for the Quad Core processor and more than 4 GB of RAM. Any thoughts or suggestions?