I was able to procure a Mac Pro through work! I knew the 2 CPU version was out of the budget, so I opted for the 1 CPU version, and chose the Quad-Core 2.66 GHz (base model). My dilema came when I considered making it a BTO and going for the Quad-Core 2.93 GHz. I might could have done it, but would have had to either reduce the extra RAM I ordered, or not get the Apple 24" LED Cinema Display. I wanted that nice display, and didn't want to budge on ordering the 16 GB of RAM as well, so, I stuck with the 2.66 GHZ. My question is, was I a fool not to have upgraded to the 2.93 GHz, even if I would have had to pay th $500 out of pocket? As for usage, along with the usual iTunes\iPhoto\Final Cut Express stuff, I will be running VMware Fusion all the time for work. One VM outfitted with 2 vCPUs and 4 GB of RAM will always be running, and I will often run 1 or 2 more that have 1 vCPU and 1 GB of RAM. Fusion is the only reason I am sort of kicking myself for sticking with the 2.66 GHz. Thoughts??