Im tryng to decide between two set ups that differ by about $210 net of tax. What would you do? If net of taxes the final cost to you of a Refurb 2009 MP 2.66 quad + excellent monitor + calibration software/ hardware package is $150 more than a new i7 + calibration solution which would you buy to use today? Put another way, the Refurb base MP is currently $50 less than the i7, (yes i realize i7 is faster but read on). You will spend another $700 or so on a well-reviewed color accurate NEC 22" Monitor , calibration device, and calibration software for the MP OR You will buy the i7 plus another $400 on the coloreyes/ spyder bundle. The gross difference is about $375 and the net difference after a tax writeoff is about $ 210 more for the MP set up. Also factor a few things into your decision: 1) You already own a 1Tb caviar black internal drive half filled w/ data (2nd drive in a G5). 2) You own a 1TB Gdrive Q FW external back up, half filled. 3) You will buy a calibration bundle 4) You have a 2009 MBP that you might also like to calibrate with a hardware /software bundle 4) You will use it 10 hours a week for a business that requires, documents, browsing, billing, and some iPhoto, hence the write off from taxable income. 5) You will use it a few hours a week for recreation - CS4, maybe Aperature, RAW and medium format film scan manipulation , HD footage made into to iMovies, perhaps FCE, some Garageband, perhaps Logic. 6) You like but don't need a 27" screen and dislike glossy displays 7) You are a stickler for accurate color prints more than anything and feel pretty confident that either set up will give you satisfactory prints after calibration. 8) You value expandability, redundancy, flexibility of ram , monitors, drives but aren't married to the idea of internal drives only... 9) You dislike spending more than you have to but at this point are sick of doing research and losing sleep over $210! What would you do? Thanks!!!