I am loving my new machine. Dropped 6 more gigs in it this evening and it is just purring along beautifully. I've been handbraking a few of my DVD's I had not yet encoded and am blown away at the speed difference. Movies that are long enough to have taken well over an hour on my 2.4ghz iMac and 2.53ghz MBP are ripping in 20 minutes! And it looks like handbrake is letting all 8 cores work for it! I have a 150gb raptor for my OS X drive, a 500gb Seagate ES for my OS X data drive, and the OEM 320gb drive as my Windows XP 64 bit system and could not be happier with the setup. I still have to find my true solution for a Panel but this Samsung 21.5" 16X9 unit I picked up for $200 is doing fine for now. I'm going to wait to see what Apple comes out with for the new Cinema Displays and go from there.