Hi, I currently own 3 Mac's, PowerMac G4 800, Mac Book Pro 2.2 and a Mac Mini 1.83DC. I'm using the Mini as my primary file server for Apple TV and an encoding machine with Handbrake/VH. The mini is having a hard time keeping up with multitasking as one would expect from a low end machine, even with RAM max'd. I'm looking at the new entry level mac pro 2.8 and I'm sure it will suit the bill as my primary encoding machine. The questions I have are... 1. How long do you think it will take for the Mac Book Pro/iMac lines to catch up to the processing power of the current entry level Mac Pro? 2,3 4 years or more? 2. Does the amt. of memory effect encoding performance if the only applications opened are ITUNES (for Apple TV streaming) and Handbrake/VH. Thinking of keeping the 2GB initially until I save a few extra $$$. 3. I also have the need to run Nero (windows based app) from time to time. What is the best way to run this, Bootcamp, VM Ware or Parallels? 4. Will installing a WD Raptor 150 as the boot drive make much of a difference considering what the machine is being used for, i.e. Streaming from attached external HD's and video encoding from those same external drives. 5. Is there anything else I should consider adding to the machine? Thanks in advance.