I need to buy a computer for video editing. I wont be doing any special effects or animation. I won't be editing any High Def video. I have never used a Mac so I have some questions to help me make the plunge on a mac pro. I need something to edit in Final Cut and that is all I need. A question about Mac laptops. Since OSX doesnt seem to make much use of more than 2 CPU cores, and the Macbook Pros have dual core, and their CPU speeds are almost as fast as the Mac Pro, I was wondering how the laptops compare to the desktops in video editing. They arent much more expensive, and seem to be almost as fast. The Mac Pro memory is expensive and it seems it is slower than DDR2. How can I justify that expense. Would the average user notice much difference between the two when video editing. Since Tiger isnt optimizing the cores in a Mac Pro Quad core, should i expext a significant bump in performace of my computer when I upgrade the software to Leopard? Is Penryn worth waiting for? I really want a computer now, and if the increases are marginal I dont see the point in waiting. What would have to be changed in the Mac Pro for them to introduce Penryn and how long do people think it will be after it shows up in PCs until it is in Apples. It seems to me like the Mac Laptops were pretty late getting Santa Rosas compares to the PC brands. The speed increases from G5s to a Mac Pro are impressive and if people think the speed increases from Mac Pros with Penryn will be equally impressive i think i will have to wait Looking at the minimum requirements for running Final cut Pro, it looks like the Mac Pro barely meets those minimums with the Spec model. Which also makes me think I need to wait till the CPU upgrade I have never used RAID so i am unfamiliar with what the performance increases feel like. I read that the Mac Pros need a raid card and that OSX does not support software RAID. Are RAID cards much slower? If I am editing an hour long documentary, and have big files being written into storage, how impressive will the performance increase be if i use a RAID configuration. Do Mac Pros work with eSATA drives? External disk arrays are expensive. They must really increase performance. Are they worth it for a beginner video editor? What is real time editing mean, and how much does a video card help to do it? Would the G7300 be enough? I read that the X1900 video card isnt all the great for video editing. Is there a reason I would want that card other than gaming? Can I upgrade the video card in the Mac Pro from the G7300 to a better Nvidia card on my own ? What other video cards are available besides the ones on apples site. I have also thought about getting a TV tuner so I can record some shows. I dont have cable so it would be hooked up to a Bunny Ear reciever. What do i need for that? I also thought about getting a High Def TV reciever. How would i get that signal into the computer. If theres is some kind of information i didnt provide just ask. Many Thanks in advance.