It's come to that time to (finally) upgrade. I've been looking at the quad 2.93 as well as the 2.26 octo. Sure both are formidable upgrades from my 2005 G5 2.5 water cooled tower. Here's what I currently run on the machine. Photoshop. Most files under 50MB, less than 20 layers when doing photo editing or sketching. Illustrator. Nothing beyond three-fold page layouts, or editing vector art to be exported to Photoshop. Web design stuff. Previously used GoLive, but we shall see what I have to learn with the newer Adobe package. I am running a Wacom Cintiq tablet for sketching images (in Photoshop above), which seems to be my mainstay for secondary income. I also leave Mail, iTunes, Preview, possibly other apps open for reference when doing a sketch (.ppt, keynote, etc). For future growth, I may entertain getting and using a 3D program such as Alias Autostudio if it becomes a demand. At my day job, I'm not using any .wire or ,iges files over 65MB, and I don't often use Autostudio for ultra ultra glossy renders. Mostly for package verification and rough screen shots for perspective reference. Now for the question. Based on my current workflow, which MP would make the best sense? The 2.93 quad, or the DP 2.26? Last, would it make any sense to get the DP 2.26 based on the "possibility" of future 3D work, especially since I have neither the demand nor the software for it currently? However, I see it being a possible workflow advantage in many ways if I go that route, especially if I have that capability to some clients. Keep in mind I would likely get a refurb, to minimise overall costs on an MP. Thanks for any observations or comments.