Long story made short: Needs -Express slot for eSATA and/or FW expansion (one FW port is not enough) -Fast (duh) -Would be nice to be able to connect to my plasma over HDMI or some other such means but not a necessity. Don't need -Useless SD card slot -Logic board problems -GPU flame war (I understand some folks have had a hot debate going re: dedicated vs. "whatever the built-in GPU is called, can't remember what it is") -a gaming computer Intended use: FCP editing; fast enough to handle 2 simultaneous tracks of ProRes would be a big plus. 3D compositing in Motion and AE. The faster this machine can handle MPEG2 and h.264 compression, the better. The same can be said for AVCHD->ProRes422 (LT) processing time. I have no problem purchasing a refurbished product with AppleCare. I absolutely do not intend to purchase any build-to-order options such as RAM or a 7200RPM internal. That in mind, I would also appreciate anyone's suggestion for performing an internal HDD swap for that 7200. Is this "you'll void your warranty if you do it yourself" territory? I CAN wait for the refresh but I also (sorta) could use this for next week. Assuming a refurb would take 3-5 business days, I don't think I'd be able to get this in time anyway. The collection of 30 or so Apple Store gift cards also won't help my online Apple Store purchase but that's another story...And an issue that can be resolved in store (I checked with mangers from 2 separate retail stores). Thanks in advance!!