After about 9 great years it has come to it's limit. (stuck in 10.5.8 slow memory etc) I always had a weak spot for the upgradable Mac's but at present the Mac Pro is a bit out of my league in horsepower and price. Having the MDD running with an ssd I am also spoiled a bit in that area. For now I am looking at a standard 27" iMac with the ssd bto option, I fear going back to a 'normal' harddrive setup, or will the iMac blow me away even with the normal harddrive? My guess is that with my usage; web browsing, ripping dvd's once in a while, emailing, some word and excel, extensive use of iphoto, I will not benefit from the higher specs from the video card nor the speed increase to 3.1Ghz or even one step higher the i7. I am inclined to upgrade the memory to 12Gbytes "the OWC way" I am doubtfull, keeping the above in mind that the upcoming Ivy bridge models will bring me something besides having the latest model (for about one year that is) Your views please. Ps English is not my native language so if you want to flame me on my spelling and grammar, keep it in mind, please.