I am not a creative professional but I do dwell in some creative softwares like Aperture, and FCP for personal or side projects. I am inquiring because I would like to know if an investment on a Mac Pro (base model) on the long run would be a good decision, say for the next 5 years and more - upgrading the RAM, GPU, and HD along the way. I have considered building a Hackintosh for a fraction of the cost but with more work, though I would like to hear if going the Mac Pro route is worth the money for someone in my position who just wants to a customizable Mac for the long run and be able to use OS X and its softwares flawlessly. My other option is going the Mac Mini route and I would probably replace the machine every alternate OS X release or so - repurposing the older model into a HTPC or setting up a multiple computer environment (Mac Mini's have high repurposing value). I don't want an iMac because it is a hassle to replace the HD (post-warranty) and because I already have existing external peripherals. I don't want a portable at the moment because I already own a Macbook, though for future replacement - I would consider the 11" Air. So in light of Apple products being expensive consumer disposables, I see the Mac Pro as being the most future proof; and so how long has one of these machines served you and are you happy with the purchase down the road.