Hi, so since the big news is out, I thought a little thread about this topic might come in handy. I will start the discussion by my (naive?) chain of thoughts: So basically one get the 4 core base model with a d500 or d700 and the 512gb ssd. Then, buy the Intel Xeon E5-2697v2 12 core somewhere for around 2100 € Then buy the 64gb Ram kit at OWC for 850 $ = 650 € Get the d500, 12 core, 512gb, 64gb Mac Pro with edu discount for: 6150 € Would that be doable?? Is the cpu upgrade doable for someone who has only once upgraded the cpu back in his pentium 4 tower? Of course we have to take into consideration that you'll loose warranty... Here is the list of CPUs that would be worth getting for a 2013 Mac Pro processor upgrade So let's wait until some bloggers try it out!