Hey this is my first ever post Ive been more of a voyeur in the Mac Rumour forums, I am an architecture student going back to university next year; I am currently on my practical experience and have been saving towards buying a Hexacore Mac Pro this Christmas. I plan to learn/use a lot of 3D software with it and install windows on a Bootcamp partition, which my current MacBook Pro cannot do due to lack of HD Space; I am currently using on my MacBook Pro: Cinema 4d SketchUp Archicad Vectorworks Photoshop ArtLantis I aspire to learn on my hypothetical Mac Pro: Maya 3ds Max (which would require a Windows Partition) Maxwell Render After Effects Modo AutoCad This is my question; it would be a stretch but I could just (and I stress the word just) afford the 2.66 GHz 12 core model. However, I am hesitant in acquiring it for the following reasons: 1. 2.66 GHz of power per CPU would make it not much better than my current, 2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, at single threaded tasks in software like Photoshop 2. I would have to dig in to more of my savings for university to buy the 12 core model 3. And I would have to waste two more months gaining the funds for the 12 core, taking time away from actually learning the software that would be installed on the new machine before I go back to university. I need this computer to handle a lot of 3d software and their many possible evolutions in speed and efficiency for at least the next three years; my plan is to use it to do my two-year architecture diploma course and buy a new Mac Pro after graduating. So what Im saying is, would it be worth getting the lower end 12 core instead of getting a Hexacore model this Christmas and maxing it out with 24 gigs of ram, SSD and 2 LCD screens - I would not be able to afford to upgrade a 12 core anytime soon. I need a lot of power and speed as studying architecture is very demanding; there are a lot of deadlines that students need to work to - render time and multitasking on a computer can make or break your success for a hitting a deadline. So is the 2.66 GHz 12 core worth it?