Currently I work on a MBP 4.1 (C2D Penryn, 2.4Ghz, 4GB) that needs to be replaced for 2 main reasons: 1. I have recently adopted a NEC 27" Spectraview (DP) as my main monitor, making it a PITA to keep working with the Wacom 21UX (DVI), as I have to unplug the NEC for it. The only viable solution to running both monitors simultaneously seems to be an external graphics card enclosure, at a hefty price of approx. 700 EUR. 2. The max. 4GB RAM are regularly pushed to the limit and beyond. For these reasons I consider buying a MP. The pricetag on the octo-core models is putting me off a little. What I'm looking at is this: Mac Pro 2.8Ghz Quad-Core Nehalem ATI 5770 1TB/7200 + Mercury Extreme SSD 120GB (System Drive) + Multi Mount (2,5" -> 3,5") + 12GB RAM Kit (3x4 Kingston ValueRam 1066 CL7 ECC) total: 2704 EUR incl. tax the main workload: - Quark - Adobe Print Suite (PS, AI, Acrobat) - Various IDEs to a lesser extend: - Cinema4D - Adobe AE - Premiere Pro Since Adobes print suite is yet to make full use of multiple cores, I guess I'd see further performance increase with CS6 down the road and I could upgrade RAM to a max of 32GB as the 8GB modules become more affordable. Although 12GB should do fine for the forseeable future. Questions at this point: - Is it really worth the extra 1k to buy an octo-core system (with a slightly slower 2.4Ghz clock)? - Are there noteworthy performance gains by adding a fast 10.000rpm disk for scratch use?