As I'm in the market for a new desktop for my 'homework', and some nice suggestions were made in another thread - which I don't want to take hostage - some questions for you...suggestions very much appreciated. Right now, I have an ancient E8400 with 4GB Ram and a 8800GTS..working on private projects and ripping through my DVD/BluRay collection. I almost exclusivly work with Rhino3d, Maxwell, PS and CAD on XP. I do want to have 2 OSs ,hence the mac. I do not need the so called latest and greatest (obviously ) but want a much faster system - especially for rendering as I'm tired of those 15h+ sessions. Question: Would you consider the MacPro 2.4 12-core superior to the 3.33 Hex with 1-2 Server-Minis connected as render-nodes? The latter has the nice side-effect of a possible htpc for my movies. Is there any problem if I would insert a i.e. Quadro4000 for the use under windows (as it's cheaper and all those programs work on both OS)? So that the Mac just operates with the stock card. Thank's a lot!