I just acquired a 4.1 8-core, 16 gig ram, which came with a rather mundane gt120 512 graphics card and the std 640 internal. I plan to update the unit while waiting for sometime in the unknown future when Apple decides to update the mac pro line. I would sincerely appreciate your thoughts on the buying options for the updates planned: 1) SSD boot Drive From forums, it seems 830 Samsung is a favorite -knowing the 840 are a bit faster but I have no native SATAII support. On New Egg there are a kazillion options however - Intel, Crucial, OCZ, Corsair (editors choice) Mushkin I am leaning to a 256 gig, or possibly two running in RAID 0, or just put in an cheap 120g samsung 830 or similar and forget about it. Do I need a special card for this SSD, such as a SATA III one? Any thoughts on the most compatible and logical choice for this 2009 unit and the various brands that are in this space? 2) SATA card update I understand from the Forums that adding a SATA III card and perhaps other ideas to improve i/o speed. They seem very in expensive - has anyone had success with the specific cards and approaching SATA III benchmarks? 3) Graphics Card update: how helpful would shifting to the 5770 1 gig (about $249 at apple, $99 OEM)/ DDR5 card for a basic dual monitor set up be? Is that really worth bothering with? I am not playing battle games, merely manipulating 1 gigish PS files, and assembling them into into in design for large format output on 12 color digital printers 4) NAS Our workflow involves Mac and PCs, two physical locations, which are presently not networked or sharing files other than antiquated 'sneaker net', drop box or skype transfers. We plan to develop a Filemaker 12 database via consultants, and NAS to share the media archive. Currently, thinking of purchasing a Mac Mini and TBD RAID, such as the Promise line. the Apple Business Team is suggesting we sit down and talk OSX server, and they are quite nice, and FM savvy. The FM consultants suggest DAS over NAS and using the MP as the server for the database. Others suggest Linux. Others here have posted about simpler lower cost options, Buffalo 3T etc and what is up with Time machine? Imminently confused is the current state as a result - what to do? thank you in advance and happy new year!