I've been reading these forums, Barefeats, Ars, the Apple discussion boards, and whatever else I can Google up, and am still at a loss as to which MacPro to buy. (The usual conclusion of the posts and articles seems to be "it depends")! Almost all of what I do: Touching up RAW photos in Aperture Handbraking my DVDs for use on Apple TV Some games (WoW, Sins of a Solar Empire on a Bootcamp partition, and Starcraft 2 when I get into the beta). Editing home movies in iMovie For what I use it for, I think I should be content with a fully-loaded iMac, but I'd really prefer room for more than 1 hard drive, the ability to upgrade my video card, add more RAM as the price declines, and maybe even add a Blue-Ray burner if/when they become priced for the consumer. My inclination is to go with the Quad, load it 8GB RAM, upgrade the video card to the Radeon, slap in a couple of extra drives and stripe them together, and leave it at that. But then I spec out the 8-core, and I see that I can get the extra processor and another 8GB RAM for only around $1000 more. And given that I plan to use this machine for 3-5 years (essentially until something major dies on it after Applecare expires), I wonder if I need that future-proofing. I imagine that I am being foolish in wanting the 8-core, and that I am completely over-thinking this purchase. Thanks in advance for any advice.