I'm looking to finally get a decent setup that will last me for a few years. My MacBook Pro just isn't cutting it anymore and there has always been a deep desire for me to own a Mac Pro. My budget is just around $5,600 for everything after taxes, shipping, etc. I'm going to be using it a lot for photography (Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5), some video editing down the line and gaming among other things. I'm looking for the fastest machine in my price range. Here's what I've come up with for the Apple configuration: Two 2.4GHz Quad Core 6GB RAM 1TB HDD ATI Radeon 5870 SuperDrive total = $4,184.65 after tax Ordering from Newegg: 3x OCZ Vertex 2 60GB 3x Icy Dock APC BE450G 450 VA 257 Watts battery backup 2x Acer G235HAbd 23'' monitors total = $788.34 Ordering from OWC: 32GB (8x4GB) RAM total = $597.13 Grand total = $5570.12 I'd put the three SSDs in a software RAID 0 and use that as my boot drive and then the 1TB as my storage drive. It probably not be an absolute need, but I'd really like to have 32GB of RAM. The graphics card was a no-brainer, as for the monitors, I was running out of money a tad, so I might have skimped a little bit. But I do have a 24" monitor currently, so it should be a decent three monitor setup My thought on the hex core vs. the eight core: The hex core would mean a $200 initial price jump over the eight core and I would lose four RAM slots which would mean that the RAM would cost $500 more. So that would be a total of $700 more and unfortunately it would push it out of my price range. (I'm rather set on 32GB of RAM, it's probably a psychological thing, but when I'm spending this much money I think 32 is a good number) Is there anything that is missing or I should change from my setup? I was reading up a bit on a hardware RAID 0 vs. a software RAID 0, but with an 8 core Mac Pro, there shouldn't be that much speed difference between the two, correct? Or would a hardware RAID be more beneficial?