darn you all, i was *set* to go 3.2quad + upgrade ram + ssd elsewhere ... until i read all your posts and everyone seems to go for the hex. i am in a market for mac pro NOW (i'm making the switch, already have mac cs5 in hand, my win boxxtech tower of 4 years is maxed out and primary drive failed last week). i use cs5 (PS, FW, DW, Illustrator, all at once). occasional video work; likely more in the future just 'cuz clients ask for it. but that's just opining. but really, isn't hex overkill for those ("kill this butterfly with a 9lb cannonball")!?!?! ... ... it seems like a number of folks went quad -> hex and i'm thinking it's just peer pressure of this forum.