I know I'll get killed here, but need help so here goes: Wanting to invest in a Mac Pro with ample cores, RAM, video card, and storage to handle 4:2:2 uncompressed Pro Res coming from the AJA Mini and an NEX-FS100. I will be using FCPX when it comes out, and currently use CS5 Premiere on an iMac 24" 2.4 with 6GB of RAM. My budget is $12K. Posts in this forum have varied. Some go as far as to say 'you can edit HD on a Mac Mini'. I think it depends on what one defines as 'editing'. I edit a golf show that has a news component with a robust L3 that includes ticker, 3D logo transitions, and a ton of titling done in both AE and in Premiere. My current show is in SD and when I get to 15 layers of titles, each with transitions or their own effects, the machine starts to stagger. So, I do intermediate renders which can take six hours (rendering as best quality .MOV). I'm running out of space too. I've got 2GB internal drive, several external FW800s, and it is a mess. I can't even imagine what it will be like as I start ingesting this HD footage. So far, I've been working with SONY HDV footage as a precursor and can tell you one extra layer and I'm staggering during playback. The golf show is training for me as I eventually want to tell stories on 'film.' I suppose I may be like every other 'Indy" in that I believe in me and no one else does I want to do the best quality I can so I'm hoping the FS100/AJA will get me enough quality to be able to project onto a screen. I'm assuming I'll be working with 2K files and am wondering if that will suffice for film festival type projectors. I consulted with Lloyd Chambers before posting here. I am more confused after doing so, not to say he wasn't very helpful. My configuration, so far, does not include a very well-thought-out overall storage strategy/solution because I am so confused after Lloyd and reading the extensive posts here. My hope is to have a system that I can do the job on well, and a back-up plan with gear that protects the assets, as well as gives me plenty of extra storage for archives. I have 5TB of data now, and expect to have 1TB of new data very two-three months. Then I need a back up for that, which I can take off site. Here's where I am at: MP 12-core 2.66 $4500 (max cores as I hope to buy Red Scarlet one day and do 4k) 64GB Ram (OWC 8x8) $1500 (maxed to take advantage of FCPX) 240GB Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD $580 (For system and apps, maybe too big?) 4X3TB Hitachi 7K3000 (SW striped RAID 0) inside MP w/extra drive for emergency $800 (Lloyd wanted me to by Apple RAID card and do 5, but I don't like what I'm reading about that card, so I was thinking of just striping all four and forgetting the card (thoughts?) NEC MultiSync PA271W-BK-SV 27" $1500 (I am reading about color-correcting video as being a different business and am concerned that this may be the wrong monitor for the job) PNY Technologies nVIDIA Quadro 4000 $750 which I think I need? That's $9830 not including shipping to Hawaii, which I'll round off to an even $10K. 12.0TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 4 for $1250 in RAID 5 (I fall short of having much excess back-up space.) That's $11250... He recommends for archives and off-site: SeriTek/5PM-2ME4 bundle includes the SeriTek/5PM five-bay hot-swap enclosure, and one SeriTek/2ME4-E 4-Port Port Multiplier eSATA PCI-Express Host Adapter $750 That's $12000 5X3TB Hitachi 7K3000 (for off-site and archives) $1000 That's $13000. I don't know how to organize the drives/RAIDS to really have a smart back-up/archive/working data set-up. This is just what I have gleaned so far from all the posts I've read, and Lloyd. I am also over budget by $1K. I know some here will say I am 'over-thinking' this, but the $12K is a lot of money to me. It will probably depreciate at the rate of $3K a year so I want it to work right. I need to get work done now or I'd wait for fall when maybe there are better solutions. Any help/thoughts are most-appreciated!