Well I finally ordered a mac pro last weekend and it's arriving on Thursday... 2.8 Octo w/8800GT, I almost went Quad, but I think I'm going to be very glad I didn't. Anyways on to the questions... 1) Display - I haven't picked up a display yet... I think I'm going to wait for the ACDs to be updated before I go all out on a screen, so can anyone suggest a cheaper but decent 22"-24" display? I saw a Samsung 245BW at Costco for $400, any opinions on this screen? I'd actually like to spend less than that since it's only going to be a temporary screen. 2) Surge Protector or UPS - I didn't actually know what a UPS was until I stumbled across a thread about them recently. Would it be wise to invest in one of these or is a good surge protector enough? I was looking at some APC units at Best Buy tonight. Is that a good brand to go with? 3) Windows - I have a copy of XP Home Edition, I'm going to need to slipstream SP2 on it to get it installed, but my real question is should I stick with XP Home or go with Pro (or Vista)? I hear XP Pro can see more Cores and RAM... I guess I won't be doing a whole lot with Windows, installing Steam to play the original Half-Life and helping out friends with computer problems, that's about for the near future. 4) Speakers - Anyone recommend a decent pair of 2.1 speakers? I'm not an audiophile by any means. I think that's all I got for now... I'd appreciate any other tips anyone might want to throw at me. Unfortunately expanding RAM and HDD is going to have to wait for a little bit, but this computer should last me quite a while so that's ok.