I'll make things simple: 1.) Would love to budget below $2200 2.) Using FCPX and Adobe (Premiere/AE/Photoshop), DaVinci 3.) Won't be investing in a broadcast monitor at this time 4.) Will upgrade from 24-32 gB ram, immediately. I'm currently contending with a 2010 2.4 Ghz Intel Core i5 Macbook Pro with 8 GB of ram, a NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M and two internal SSDs. The trip into video was accidental; I'm an ex-recording engineer and would never expect the impressive results I'm getting out of this thing. Nonetheless, I've hit the brick wall. My original intent was to pick up a used 2009 Mac Pro. I can eventually upgrade to a six core processor. I will immediately have to upgrade the graphics card. I can eventually obtain a PCIE SSD. SATA II is not that big of an issue (SSD), but SATA III is still better. However, I'm looking at these 27" I7 "refurbs" (sometimes just fixed on the line or moving new stock). $1800 for 3.4 ghz times 4 (plus virtual cores). Upgrading the hard drives is a pain, however, doable. Considering the iMac is actually a huge jump from the laptop, and faster than the 2009 quad out of the box (and also from Apple and not some random dudeguy), I'm beginning to consider it as an option. I can always flip the iMac to fund a Mac Pro purchase. I'd like to know if anyone on this forum has had experience using iMacs of this caliber. I understand the technical differences (bandwidth), cooling issues and lack of expandability. Furthermore: Thunderbolt ain't no solution, not yet. What I'd like to know is if people are getting work done and whether or not they're actually facing any issues. Concerning the inevitable refresh, I'll just wait an see. Thanks in advance.