Thanks to everyone in advance for reading this. In the next month, I'm going to have to buy a computer. I'm still using my old iMac Intel Core 2 Duo, and its about at the end of its life. It's Christmas, I need a new machine, and my budget is around 3000... let's have fun. Essentially, I'm trying to choose between a fully loaded 27" iMac or a Refurbished mac pro. I'm a professional photographer, and (sometimes videographer) who never plays games. My machine will be running a combination of Photoshop, Capture One, Final Cut, Illustrator, and InDesign (plus the usual email, web, iWork, etc) for about 8 hours a day. What lead me to look at the MacPro is I've had lots of heat issues with my iMac. Although, its a capable machine, power-wise, I'm not sure its really meant for a heavy use environment (maybe I'm wrong). I know the Ram is slower on the MacPro 1066 vs 1600, but does that really make a big difference? Just add more right? CPU battle: 3.4GHz Quad-Core i7 vs 3.2GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon . There is enough reading on these two to make anyone insane, but let me take a novice stab at it. Basically, its a high end mobile processor against a lower end (on its on scale) desktop processor. I know the Xeon is a beast of a processor, but do i really need it? What is the true impact of this? Will the old tech Xeon still be going in 4-5 years? Maybe I'm off base, but I'm worried about longevity of the machine more then price. Thoughts? Also, am I right to believe that the graphics card is the same situation as the CPU? Another consideration, for me at least, the MacPro has a superdrive, so thats another expense for the iMac if I go that route. Also, internal storage will be cheaper on the Pro, it looks like, which makes me very happy hahaha Sorry if this is all over the place, I'm finally in shopping mode, and can't wait to get a new machine! Thanks again everyone!