Hello! I just registered here after some time reading the forums, and have a few questions about workstations in general and also the Mac Pro. Status: I'm starting a 5-year mechanical engineering study this fall, and will soon be needing a new computer to be able to run the software i need (Solidworks etc). I'm currently on an early 2011 MacBook Pro 15" running both OSX and Windows 7 (via Bootcamp). A laptop like the Pro though, won't serve my needs when working with solid models and simulation software. There is then no doubt in my mind that I want a workstation. And since I already have the MacBook as a PC/Mac to carry with me to school and use at home when I'm not working, a stationary workstation will be the right way to go. My options: I've always been an Apple person and the Mac Pro has always been the computer i've wanted the day i would need to upgrade to a more powerful one. Having used Macs for the last 5 1/2 years i have encountered quite a few problems though, and i'm not really sure if i would have encountered more or less using PC's. Hard drive on a 17" MacbookPro was ruined, battery grew big like a balloon, i got that "sudden black screen problem" on a 2010 13" MacBook, and half a year after i got this 15" the Logic board was ruined. These are not really huge problems, but still worth noticing. The other option would be something like the Thinkstation from Lenovo. It also looks pretty cool in my opinion, meaning that i think the Mac Pro looks the best, but the Lenovo is a good 2nd choice in that department. The important thing for me though, is to get a good machine at a reasonable price. I'm also not that much into all that computer technical stuff, but i know about Intel sandy bridge and ivy bridge. And if i'm not mistaken, the Thinkstation E31 (entry level workstation) is delivered with Xeon E3 V2 processors which is the new ivy bridge(?). I would also welcome any other workstation suggestions as i know very little, and the E31 is one of the first i found. Here is a video of the E31 if you haven't seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfXagSAFswg The Mac Pro also has not been updated in awhile, but i am willing to wait a few months if thats what i got do do to know if they are updating it in the near future (early 2013 or something like that). Another problem with the Mac Pro is that it's probably a bit pricey. I know you get what you pay for when you buy from Apple, but yeah, i'm a student. I think i'll leave it at that, and hope to get some valuable advice!