I dont think the low end MP is dead (related thread), but its target audience just got allot smaller... 510+ days, for a small speed bump, new vcard and a bit more HD space .not very exciting. If you go 6 core or 2xquads, you see clear differentiators over a loaded imac, but those of us looking for a lower end MP (under 3 or 4k), ok with current performance but wanting the traditional flexibility of a tower, its hard to be happy with the result. The new loaded imac: 2.93 i7, 8gb ram, 2tb hd, 27 led monitor is $2,550. 2009 MP: configured at 2.93, 8gb, 2 tb hd, but with a 512k vcard and no monitor was $3,200 My speculation is a 2.8,8gb, 2tb, 1g vcard MP will be 2,900 (2500 base, + 150 for 2tb hd, 250 for 8gb ram, granted you get a better video card) so (for the low end) 500 days gave us really the same architecture, they just lowered the price of the options (or more accurately rolled them up into the base price) by 450 bucks or not even a buck a day .I wonder if a very high end pc has dropped by more than 9% over 18 months my guess would be yes, and once again the question of the low end MPs value is on deck . In fact, for the base MP, if you dont take into consideration what will probably be a 1k upgrade for the 6 core, I am not sure I would really call this a new MP. They just lowered their prices .no material architecture changes There are clearly advantages of a tower over a imac, but for me, a fast gigabyte nas storage set up eliminates most of them. The last several years, I have added memory or hard drives to my desktops, but nothing more. Whenever I got around to wanting a substantial upgrade, one that a MP would allow without the use of suction cups, I just bought /built a new system. If I assume that this mindset will continue, its hard not to be underwhelmed by the new MP and attracted to the new loaded imac .maybe 1k cheaper when you take into consideration the monitor .for some people, the configuration of a imac vs a tower is a deal killer, I just think the target audience of the base MP just got smaller .