My new workstation arrived today. In the end, I went with the 3.2 GHz Quad-Core, just couldn't scrape up the cash for one of the hexacore models and everything else I wanted. It's in the following configuration: ATI Radeon HD 5870, paired with a 23 inch Dell Ultrasharp - someday, I'll have two. 10 GB RAM - two of the built-in 1 GB sticks, and two 4 GB sticks from OWC. Drives: 120 GB OWC SSD boot drive 1 TB WD Caviar Black (from Apple) for Bootcamp 2 TB WD Caviar Black for Data 2 TB WD Caviar Green for Backup. Currently they're all sitting in drive bays, though if I pick up a fourth hard drive at some point, the SSD will probably move to the optical bay. So far, so good. I tried hooking the Ultrasharp up via a mini-DP to DP cable, but it's...fussy. I may stick with DVI. Otherwise, WoW is spectacular, math-intensive programs are fast, and everything is right with the world. XBench Scores (vs. My old MBP 3,1 2.4 Core Duo): CPU score: 234.37 (vs. 168.14 for the MBP) Thread score: 1135.79 (vs. 175.80 for the MBP) Quartz Graphics: 358.84 (vs. 182.50) OpenGL: 315.99 (vs. 148.41) Disk Tests: Off the Caviar Black, vs. the Scorpio Blue in the MBP, both 7200 rpm: 112.64 (vs. 74.53) SSD vs. Scorpio Blue: 350.37 (vs. 74.53) As expected, the SSD blows the Caviar Black out of the water on Random disk tests. Now to go install statistics software that costs more than the machine does. Using the quick and dirty "How fast is Folding@Home?" metric, this new machine churns through steps in about a third the time as the old one.