After giving it a lot of thought and reading many posts within this forum, I decided to pull the trigger. I was going to wait it out for the next update however came upon what I felt was a good deal on a refurbished for $2035 from Amazon. Like so many others, I plan on increasing the RAM when I get it. Does anyone have a link handy for RAM that will work well. In terms of adding hard drives.. would it be a thought to add another 250GB and use the new one and existing one in a RAID0.. then buy a raptor 74gb and put the os on that... Thanks for all your assistance over the months... much appreciated.