OK, I have a Jan. 2008 2.8 dual-quad Harpertown - 6GB RAM w/GeForce GT120 driving an Apple 24" display. My heaviest use is semi-pro Final Cut use and since my switch to HD video am frustrated with render times when using multiple HD video layers. And, faster Log and Transfer, iDVD encoding, H.264 conversion, etc. would be nice too. I do zero gaming. I was all set to upgrade but with my current setup Geekbenching at around 10,000, I'd have to spend about $3400 (edu price) plus extra for RAM to only get up to about 15,000 on GB (hexcore). I'm just not sure it's worth it for my non-pro needs, although I'm still waiting to see Barefeats/Macworld real world app benchmarks. I don't have the budget to go 12 core. So, I'm now considering as an alternative spending <$1.5K on options that might improve rendering, L&T, encoding, etc.: -Bump RAM to 10 or 14 GB -SSD drive(s) for boot drive and/or apps and/or FCP project/media files -Replace the GT 120 with the 5870 -Raid options? (I have to confess I need to research raids more - when I start reading about all the different options I glaze over. I need to Google for a brief overview, but I think there are options that provide faster disk access???) So, would any of these really help, or am I just being unrealistic? Thanks!