I bought a Mac Pro 4,1 with 4GB Ram last year for $500 that came with (2) 21" monitors. It seemed like a good deal. The price for a Multi-Core was so much more expensive so I opted for the frugal approach. My questions today are how can I upgrade this mac pro for less than $300? I was hoping to get some confirmation so here goes: 1. $89+tax Apricorn Velocity Solo x2 Extreme(VEL-SOLO-X2) 2. $129+tax 250GB Samsung SSD Pro from Fry's 3. $150 ebay 16GB (4X 4GB) DDR3 1066MHz Memory Apple Mac Pro 4,1 2009 Quad-Core 2.66 2.93GHz Wow that's about $400 with the tax and shipping. Add that to the original purchase price and that's $900. Hmm. I guess i could have got a 8-core 2.26 for $900 not sure if that would have been much better. I guess its easier for me to justifiy $100 upgrades at a time I have heard horror stories of the x2 not booting as a primary boot drive. Also I've heard the trim debate and for now I'm I'll opt to turn off kext signing and enable trim to ensure speed and longevity from what I've read. Does anyone have any recommendations for drive preparation and sequence of installation? Trim no Trim? As far as memory I'd like to get at least 16GB for casual video editing in FCP6 (not ready for spending $300 for FCPX, although that would be nice). It looks like memory is very expensive so many different combinations could work what do people recommend 4X4GB or 2X8GB? When I read this I figured more RAM good 1333MHZ too expensive for me. "I edit video, and I use four sticks. I had 4x4GB and recently switched to 4x8GB. It makes a big difference. More RAM is far more valuable than triple channel, if you ask me. It's still double channel, and 1333MHz RAM is fast so unless you can afford 3x16GB, I'd do 4x8GB. " Anyways.. Any additional thoughts on a graphics card would be great too. I'm thinking of trying something people have had confirmed without trouble like a GTX 660.