So I've just realized I can upgrade my mac pro 2009 firmware to the 2010 firmware which opens up processor upgrade options. Currently looking at the X5675 (3.06GHz) 6-core; problem being these are expensive and I also need to upgrade the RAM to 1333MHz which adds to the cost. The alternative is to wait until my AppleCare expires next year and then think about a new machine. Current machine is fast, but as my notebook catches up it feels slower than before. I work with photography and video, so would really like to complete my jobs faster. Finally as I use Final Cut, I've considered distributed processing with Compressor, so maybe get a Mac mini or two for adding power? Though I've never used distributed processing. Also it wouldn't help with Ps and Lr which I use quite often. So I've been quite undecided on this and therefore am looking for opinions on this. Thanks!