Hello! I'm looking to build a home studio primarily for my film projects. I enjoy doing a lot of the postproduction, and I would love being able to work in the comfort of my own home. I do the occasional music composition, photography gigs (just a hobby), and photoshop ventures too - keep that in mind. I have a little room to play with, finical room that is. Nothing more than 9k, but in the case lets just settle with 8k. As of now, I have all my camera equipment for film and photography, except a dslr... just sold my old one. I have a list and I'd enjoy feedback, suggestions, and hear whatever you feel like saying. List 1: mac pro Two 2.66 Q-C 8GB (Enough for intensive FCS2 tasks?) 2TB - for now ATI 4870 512 (How much does this differ from the ati in the high end macbook pros? Forgive my ignorance.) Two SuperDrives Wifi $5,043 M-Audio Axiom 25 USB MIDI Controller Keyboard (I am sure I'd rather have their $700 stage Piano, what do you think?) $179 Apple LED Cinema Display (I can't really afford the 30 inch canvas. Sad. But this could do for the next 10-12 months) $799 M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Speaker System (Has anyone ever used these speakers? They aren't exactly what I'd call reference monitors, but from what I have read they'll suffice until later next year. What do you all think? Sound is important to me.) $150 Canon EOS 50D Digital Camera w/ 28-135mm Lens Kit $1,399 Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 6 (Can never learn too much, right?) $54 Apogee Wyde 12ft. XLR (Male) to XLR (Female) Patch Cable $39 M-Audio Fast Track Pro 4-Input USB Audio Interface for Microphone and Guitar (Need this for the stage Piano - if I go for it - and my Microphone) $249 Blue Microphones Bluebird Microphone (Any opinion? I need a better condenser microphone for voiceover narration and for podcasting.) $299 Final Cut Studio 2 (Why? Because it is FCS2) $699 Estimated Total: $9,221.49 - And yes, I am a college student. Motion Picture & Television Major. The discount helps. Any ideas on how to cut some corners, or invest in other hardware? Give me all you got. It would appear I have already stepped over my 9k limit.