My current computer is a 2006 macbook with 1 gb of RAM, 80gb hard drive, and a 2ghz core 2 duo. It's been running slow lately, probably because of the slow, full hard drive and the lack of RAM. Regardless of upgrades that could be done to my laptop, I really want something more powerful. There's a lot of stuff I want to do with my computer that I can't do with my macbook, and to do it I'll need a complete spec overhaul. I want to be able to Run photoshop/illustrator alongside other apps. (Xcode, safari, keynote, etc.) Run final cut express and eventually the pro suite smoothly. I deal with 1080p video. (I'm working on becoming an editor, but my current setup obviously doesn't warrant that kind of work) Run all of my iOS app tools in different spaces without too much or any lag. (Interface builder, Xcode, Photoshop/illustrator, safari/chrome, textedit and calculator. Obviously I won't have it all open all the time, but to be able to have that kind of workflow would be extremely helpful.) A solid state drive would be extremely helpful to all of this. I've used the new 13" air, and the speed difference is crazy. A 17 inch macbook pro would be awesome, but even if the next generation has quad core processors I don't know how the lack of expandability, ports, and even less speed would affect me. The iMac looks nice, but whatever I end up getting will be a huge investment and I do want to be able to upgrade all of the specs (without worrying about the screen) as tech advances. That leaves me with the obvious mac pro. What would be overkill here as far as specs and price go? My macbook obviously isn't good enough for my uses (haha) and I do have a budget. I don't know exactly what resources you need to run all of this, which is where you come in. Sorry if that was long winded and confusing, if you have questions or misunderstood something just say.