I'm settled on buying a Mac Pro in a month or two. I'm debating on whether or get the 2.93GHz Quad Core or the 2.66GHz 8-core. The only spec parts I will buy from Apple are the base machines along with a Mac Pro RAID card, wireless, and AppleCare. I won't be using Windows so no need to tell me the RAID card doesn't work—I'm in for the integration oppose to the speed I could get a third-party card. I'll be buying RAM from OWC and HDDs from NewEgg. I'll get the 285 GTX wherever it's sold. My current needs and uses: 1) 24/7 uptime 2) The usual stuff (Email, Internet, IM) 3) Photoshop, Final Cut/Premiere (working with HD, etc.) 4) Encoding and transcoding videos along with watching movies on the "big screen" 5) I need to be able to do these all at the same time. I've always wanted the 8-core, but if I can make do and save money on a quad I'm fine with that. I plan to use this computer for at least 3 years in theory. For sake of portability, I may sell my MacBook Pro and get a 13" MacBook.