It's Dec 2013 and I'm still torn between getting a nMP or getting one of the 2012 MP refurbs (with Apple Care) I see popping up on the Apple Store every once in awhile. I don't see a compelling argument either way and am seeking advice. I will be using Logic Pro X and software instruments. AFAIK, I will need a fast CPU & plenty of RAM. But I don't need to run 4K monitors or powerful video cards. An SSD + three 7200 Sata2 drives would be fine for my work. I don't really have a hard budget but would prefer to spend as much money on audio gear rather than unused computer capability if possible. I don't need Thunderbolt. My monitor is dual DVI. My A/D interface is Firewire. A refurbed 3.33 6-core is approx $2,500. AFAIK, a 6-core nMP will start at $4,000. If I am interpreting the benchmarks correctly, a similarly clocked Xeon E5 6-core will be about 15% faster than the Westmere. Is that speed difference worth $1,500 extra (if I don't need dual d500 graphics cards)? I've been using a 2009 Mac Mini with external firewire drives until now. If possible, I'd rather have an encapsulated, bullet-proof workhorse and not have to deal with an external spaghetti of USB 3.0 wires, Drobos not mounting etc. Is there a truly compelling reason for someone in my shoes to get the nMP? Thanks for your advice!