I hope this is an appropriate place to discuss this as it's MacPro-related, but I apologize if not. This discussion is for creative professionals who HAVE to have a prebuilt machine, but anyone feel free to jump in if you've got something to add. A recurring theme in each MacPro thread seems to be others mirroring my situation which is: I'm a creative professional freelancer with money in the bank, several shopping carts with customized workstations ready to be ordered, I feel burned by Apple's professional product situation from the last 4+ years, I've been forced to be open-minded about my next purchase, and I'm holding on by a shred of remaining loyalty to see if the mid-2013 MacPros are a reality before I give up. So, my question is, if we start hearing any seemingly realistic details by the end of WWDC, what will make you go one direction or another with your purchase? I personally realize all of my research has brought me back to putting more emphasis on power than connectivity. I would love to see Thunderbolt. and I have some $ tied up in TB gear, but ultimately my biggest want is to have a powerful, prebuilt machine (with a solid warranty) with the comforts of OSX. The idea of getting away from Spotlight and iCloud/Back To My Mac bums me out to no end. My current top candidates are all: -dual 8-core Xeon 2687W -64GB RAM -400+GB SSD 6G boot and scratch drives -nVidia GPU/s with as many CUDA cores as are available -all have several PCIe slots for expansion, USB 3.0, internal RAID possibilities -none have Thunderbolt (obviously) and Firewire 800 is mostly an after-thought My top contenders are: BOXX 8980 XTREME Promax-configured HP z820 HP z820 I get some discounts through Dell and Lenovo but haven't gotten too serious about them. I would LOVE to be wrong but I don't see Apple offering anything that powerful. If it were close I would probably jump on it. In the meantime I'll just be moving along with my MBP and anxiously waiting. I don't want to get burned like a lot of people just did with their Blackmagic Cinema Cameras but maybe that's unavoidable.