Hi I'm a newbie to this site as a whole (though I have periodically checked out just the rumor section for Mac Pros for years) and this is the very first post I am making so please keep that in mind In saying that I must mention that I have wanted..no..dreamed of having an Apple for years since the G4 came out, but it seems I may actually be able to do that soon. Before that time may come I had some questions before I seriously looked into which I should get. As far as my background to let you know what I would use the Mac for, I have always been an artist, drawing, painting, music, etc so in light of that I do 3D/2D animation using Maya for 3D, but for 2D I haven't yet crossed over to digital so I would want to do both on the Mac. I am also wanting to compose music and with my film background I would also like to do video/film/video editing. Gaming is something I have also always been involved in. With all of those interests, and wanting to use a Mac to do them all (besides being able to have Windows on it is fantastic), I was wondering which would be better to get a Mac Pro Desktop or a Mac Book Notebook/Laptop? I realize that the GHZ processing power on the laptop will be a bit less than what is on the Desktop, besides the extra room you can get with the desktop but with one it seems you get a super computer with virtually no portability where as on the other hand you get a very good laptop with all the portability you would want (btw I would MUCH rather have performance that it being SUPER think like with the Air..cool concept but no optical drive?? Cmon..). I figure for what I would use it for I would need to get at least 3GHZ of processing power, 3-4GBs of memory, but as far as hard drive space and graphics cards what is good? I heard that if you do video editing it creates holes in your hard drive which makes it so that you have to replace it..so if thats true is it good to keep maybe like a 350-500GB hard drive in the device and just use an external hard drive to do video editing on or not? Also I heard that NVIDIA has taken over ATI so would it be best to go with the 512 Graphics card thats available or several ATI cards? Furthermore I was wondering what exactly you really need the RAID Card for? Also is it better to get it at the store in Cherry Hill for example or order online and have it shipped? Thank you.