Hi. I'm looking for advice as I update from my 2.5 year old iMac 2.33 24" with a NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT card. My usage: - Lots of general computing, including many, many Safari tabs loading simultaneously - Relatively frequent 21-megapixel photo management and manipulation - Occasional (and hopefully more frequent) 1080p video editing from my Canon 5D Mark II (my iMac chokes on this video content) - Other digital asset management (iTunes, video encoding my transfer from Tivo to iPod, etc.) Initial plans: First, I had planned to get the 3.06 iMac with the ATI 8450. Given RAM is crazy expensive in this route, I was concerned that if I needed more than 4GB, I wouldn't be getting my money's worth and would be stuck with a non-upgradable setup Revised plan: Spend more to get more flexibility and capability to grow -- e.g., mac pro. Here is the configuration I was considering: - 2.66 8-core (sacrifice clock speed for cores, given GCD in Snow Leopard is coming, more RAM slots for more cost effective upgrading) - EVGA GTX 285 video card (not too much beyond ATI card, but a lot more native capability, even if not currently fully exploited) - 30" ACD monitor (like the screen real estate and EVGA doesn't work with 24" LED) Questions for all of you: 1. Would top end iMac be good enough? Would it handle 1080p in FCE cleanly? 2. Is the Mac Pro just way overkill? I do like the flex to upgrade and tinker 3. If I keep Mac Pro, should I be concerned about the 30" ACD being a 5-year old design (forever in computing!!!)? 4. Connected to #3, is the EVGA too much for what I need? Should I get the ATI 8470 and then have the flex to switch to Mini Display Port? Thanks for the thoughts!!!