I was considering a base 27" 2.7 and realized I really didn't need the i7 or even the i5 3.1. But I'm still not sure that even though I don't do any gaming or high end graphics or video production that I wouldn't want the 6970 vs. 6770. I am hoping that they include the better card with the base 27" by the time Lion ships. However, I hadn't considered the SSD? Is it worth the extra $500-600 to go with the base 27" and get the SSD or SSD+ vs. the higher end CPU and/or GPU. I am certainly a Power User in that I don't do highly intensive tasks but I ask for it to quite a bit at once and like quick responses. I keep all my media on externals, except for photos and docs. So I'm not sure that the SSD+ is necessary, but for the $100 it seems silly not to include the other drive. OR would you just say wait for TB enclosures and put the SSD with OS in that down the line?