I've been holding off on getting a new box ever since Apple announced the switch to intel 2 years ago. Now that Maya 8.5 is universal binary and After Effects CS3 is about to come out, I can actual take advantage of the new systems. I actually was thinking about waiting till they went to an all 8 core line up, or for another round of processors. But since im getting the top of the line setup and am actually using it for work I just bit the bullet. Been using a dual G5 2.7 to animate on at the office, but at home I have an ancient emac left over from college. Its practically useless for any applications besides safari, itunes, and appleworks. Needless to say I've been creatively starved when not at work and am excited to actually be able to make stuff at home. Basically got the Mac Pro octo-core Xeon 3GHz with the standard specs except added the x1900 video card and airport. By the way, would have to recomend Expercom, they were the only online store I could find that had a discount on the 8-core mac with this video card option. Also no CA sales tax. Will probably order some RAM this week. Whats up with crucial? Anyone know why their prices just jumped up 70 bucks?