Hello. I am currently using a 1 GHz G4 which is six years old. It is somehow still doing an ok job with the programs I use-Flash, Dreamweaver, Reason, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and Final Cut. Everything takes forever and it's been upgrade time for a long while...I am looking at the MacPros and am unsure what to buy. The easiest decision would be to purchase a new 8 core 2.8 bare bones from Apple so I can install cheaper RAM and HD space myself. But even at the cheapest (either refurb or with my student discount) with tax and applecare we are creeping into the high 2K. I am not even sure I need the power of an 8 core...besides the programs I listed I hope to be using Logic more and a little 3D (i dabble in Swift 3D right now). So I want to have enough juice but I do not want to pay for excess power. So I am also looking at the quad core 2.8 option (though then I am saving like $450 to not have an extra $800 processor?). Or a refurb 2.66 quad perhaps...either of these would keep the price down a bit. But a refurb 2.66 will have less RAM, less HD space and a worse video card along with it, which could be a concern as I will have to buy more RAM and HD space eventually. However, at the cheaper price I might feel OK upgrading to a new computer sooner. Though I have a student discount, I do do professional work and even though people have told me forever to dump the G4, it has hung in there (though After Effects rendering, for instance, can take hours). But I look forward to this upgrade and just curious what people think would be sufficient and the best value for someone like myself. Thank you. I would consider iMac but the souped up iMacs are almost as much as refurb MacPros, I think.