Here is the issue: I am currently a Windows user with a rapidly failing old workstation. I need to replace my current workstation very soon. I am very interested in moving into a Mac Pro. I will be using the new workstation for music creation, editing, and most other normal activities. I believe the music editing software, control and playback will be the most challenging activity for the new workstation. My current budget is around $2,600.00. This budget needs to also cover a new 200-250.00 monitor. I will add a second and/or third drive to the workstation as the budget allows for a scratch/backup disk. I was originally going to purchase a Mini Mac and max that puppy out with solid state drive and packed full of memory. I then realized I was pretty close to a entry level Mac Pro. I am having trouble with the Idea of an I-Mac because of the computer monitor integration. (This just worries me too much) So here I am wondering if I should just pull the trigger on the entry level Mac Pro or revisit the Mini Mac Idea. On top of everything else I am wondering if the current Mac Pro will be upgraded the day after I pull the trigger on the Pro. Can you please help me? Is the maxed out Mini going to handle the music software? I am a little concerned about not being able to upgrade without using external devices. Will an entry level Mac Pro (with minor upgrades as budget allows) out-perform the mini? Am I selling myself short with the quad core processor for a Mac Pro or will this be plenty of power? Can the processor (Mac Pro) be upgraded in the future? Any advice or direction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help!!!