I did some thinking (hooray!) about the price of the (probably) upcoming Quad mac pro. How expensive do you think it's going to be? Myself, I don't think it will be all that expensive (ie $3000). Let's take a look at what it costs, if you would build one yourself (Mac Pro specs are assumed ). $695 2x Intel Xeon 5120 1.87 GHz Dual-Core, 4MB Cache $566 ASUS DSBF-D/SAS, I5000P chipset, dual Socket 771 $102 Samsung SpinPoint P120S 250GB SATA2 8MB 7200RPM $204 ATI Radeon X1600XT 256MB GDDR3 $274 Kingston FB-DIMM 1024MB $350 Stuff I missed (case, PSU, DVD-RW etc) $2191 Total There is also cheaper memory and motherboards out there, and the extra $350 might be smaller than $350! But storage, what about the "Apple Premium" which they add to everything! Let's see how big this "Apple Premium" is on the 17" iMac compared to a PC you'd build yourself. $308 Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83 GHz, 2MB Cache $253 MSI 945GT-Speedster-A4R, I945GT chipset, Socket 479 $75 Samsung SpinPoint P80SD 160GB SATA2 8MB 7200RPM $204 ATI Radeon X1600XT 256MB GDDR3 (better than 17" iMac, couldn't find the one used) $68 Kingston DDR2 667 512MB $341 Samsung 17" LCD Syncmaster 730BF TCO-99 600:1, DVI-D, 4ms, 1280x1024 $300 Stuff I missed (case, PSU, DVD-RW, iSight etc) $1549 Total "Apple Premium" = $1753 (stock 17" iMac in Sweden) / $1549 = 13%. So, adding the Apple Premium of 13% to the price of the homebuilt "Mac Pro", gives us a price of ~$2475! (Also remember, all these prices are WITH Swedish tax, 25%, and also remember the student discount of 10%!). Maybe this is wishful thinking, but I won't give up hope! (this is probably a product of boredom and lack of sleep, excuse me ).