I am out of the loop, but want to get a Mac to work on projects of Audio Recording and Editing, Movies, Animation, and Photo Editing/Manipulation. My projects are for personal use, with the intent of developing potfolios of my work to eventually becoming pro. If I become pro in a few years, I can upgrade, so I don't need the ultimate stuff right away. But I am fairly advanced in scope and don't want a slow or inefficient machine. I also need some reccommendations for appropriate software. I would like to use software that is compatible with pro stuff so I can make the appropriate transfers when necessary. Cost is a factor all-around, and I'm not against buying used gear.