I am in need of a new machine to replace my 2007 2.4 C2D iMac. I want a Mac pro for the expandability and faster CPU's. I was hoping for a significant Mac pro update this year like all of you but it didn't come. Now I am considering getting a base 2.8 Quad from Apple's refurbished store. they are $600 off retail. I am hoping it will hold me over for a year or two if/when they release a new mac pro. I would throw in some extra memory from OWC and an SSD. So can the 2.8 Quad still perform well using Final Cut Pro X and CS5? The 2.8 Quad core is still a respectable machine isn't it?