Brief back story & Info: Usage - Pro Audio recording / programming system, Logic pro/Pro Tools. I bought a second user 2008 Mac Pro 3,1 in January 2010 which was a Quad core. I bought and fitted a second quad CPU so it became an 8 Core 2.8ghz one month later. There's 8gb of Ram installed, though running at 32 bit Logic can only access 4gb of that, maximum. I moved a Quad core system on at the time, so it cost me only £300 in real terms. Original graphics card went south so it has a basic - but fine for my needs GT120 card right now. Also has a sonnet FW800 card and a UAD 2 card fitted. It's beginning to show it's age and is sometimes a little "strained" at what I am asking it to do, otherwise it's a FAB machine and has no issues. I am not a fan of the new "bog brush holder" Mac Pro, though I understand that it's a radical design and super powerful, I wouldn't buy the first incarnation anyway. Is it worth spending approx £2500 on a decent spec 2012 Mac Pro, at least 8 cores possibly 12 to come up to speed ? OR- I could stick a new system drive in mine ( SSD perhaps ) and get more memory, though DDR800 is for some reason VERY expensive !! See, I like the options to swop drives out, upgrade memory and even processors and that"s just a NO NO on the new Mac Pro - I don't need a studio full of drives and cables hanging out the back of the computer ! I'm thinking that the increase in processor power wont be HUGE but the system buss will be much faster and memory also ( 800 Vs 1,333 ) Pulling my hair out somewhat about buying into tech that's essentially from 2010 anyway. Good advice / similar experiences are MOST welcome Caveat - the cost is not an issue though "bang for buck" is always in my mind. Mac abuser since Quadra 700 in 1993. Regards, Martin.