Basically, I am trying to keep my new iMac to $2500 (before taxes). Here is a list of the things that I would like to do with it: -Play Starcraft 2 (and similar, mac-compatible games) on the highest graphics possible -Stream Starcraft 2 in the highest quality possible -Record my screen while playing Starcraft 2 -Be able to create, cut, and edit videos, then upload them to Youtube -Run long and complicated Matlab and programming files (studying in school for Computer Engineering) -Dabble in CS5, Aperture and Logic (I get them for free/cheap, at my school) -Run Parallels for basic programs in windows (nothing too intense, just some school programs that aren't Mac compatible -Make movies in iMovie (and I guess Logic, maybe) beyond my SC2 videos -Be able to show off my sexy computer :-D I already have a MacBook Pro that I will be taking around to school, and I have a 500 GB external harddrive, as well as a 2 TB external harddrive. I am planning on buying the 27" iMac. Here are my two options: Option 1: - $2499 3.4GHz i7 CPU 8GB RAM 1TB HDD 6970 2GB GPU or Option 2: - $2499 3.1GHz i5 CPU 4GB RAM 256 SSD 6970 1GB GPU Basically, I would sacrifice a bit of everything else, in order to run the solid-state harddrive. I never would have considered it until I saw the video on youtube, where an iMac opens every one of it's programs in ~10 seconds. This really impressed me. However, I'm not sure the speed of the applications opening up will be worth sacrificing power in the CPU, RAM and GPU. I would love any/all opinions. Thanks!