Hi Mac Pro Forum, I am in the long line of those waiting for a Mac Pro update. If there were regular updates, I would have purchased one off the shelf, but 600+ days between refresh makes me park the $$ in the bank and contemplate other solutions. Because of that, I have come up with several alternatives, and feel that I should lean on the experience and knowledge of the MR Forum for advice. I am an avid photgrapher, and have a very large library of photos I would like all in one place, for ease of use, and security (I back up frequently to an external which sits in the safe, btw). I do a little video editing, but that might ramp up with all the HD videos that my kids are taking. Editing would primarily be using Aperature, Photoshop, or the iLife applications for the most part. My photos are used by several publications, but is not my source of income (yet). My end goal is to have one Mac to do the heavy lifting of archiving and photo editing, and then to have the legacy Macbooks, MBP, iPads and Airs in the rest of the household turn those into the various media projects for the family. A MP seems to foot the bill nicely here, as I can easily expand HDD, and the raw power should make projects easier. I want this system to provide the above functionality for a minimum of 3 years before I think about replacing it. In my mind, here are my options: 1. Wait, and buy a MP on new release. I have circumstantial information that says that one is pending, but my frustration at having media across so many OSX devices in the house is a daily obstruction. Even if this is soon, I also wonder whether or not I really need to spend $2500-$3200 (upper limit) on the entry level system when they do release it, which brings me to.... 2. Buy a used MP. Which one based on my needs? Which one balances upgradeability of hw/sw/os vs. cost? 3. Hackintosh. I value continuing to be in the Apple ecoshpere, and being able to drop in on the Geniuses for advice now and then. But they have left us w/o and update for so long, and the price is compelling.....I have both mechanical and electrical component experience, so the task does not seem too daunting with the resources out there on the web on the s/w side. Would this provide me a stable enough platform that I can use without worry? So Forum members, here is where you get to have some fun weighing in on what I should buy, where I should buy it, and how much money I should spend. If you were me, what would you do? Sorry for the long post, I just wanted to get most of the questions out of the way, and I thank all of you in advance for your sage advice.