Howdy- I've been lurking for some time, gaining information on the new 2009 Mac Pros. I'm now looking for advice on which machine may best fit my needs, while allowing me to grow into future software apps. I'm now doing product design, mostly in the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator), scanning images and editing 2D work. I'm looking to get into 3D software like Rhino or possibly Alias (I hear their 2009 release will be written to run native on a Mac). Of course, this will be used for rotating math models, and rendering stills. I can see possibly running an occasional animation from time to time. Keep in mind, I'm not using this machine professionally(yet), so I can deal with less than peak efficiency. Up until now, I have been considering the 2008 2.8 octo. I have the feeling that future software will be able to take advantage of the threading architecture of the 2009 MPs, so I am leaning toward those machines. However, I feel that the 2.26 is a lateral step from the 2.8 octos. Thoughts? Does the software I'm looking to run warrant a Nehalem machine, or am I money ahead getting a good deal on a 2008 2.8 octo? I may be able to swing the bigger 2.66 if it's an investment for future proofing. Keep in mind, I'm running a 2005 2.5 DP PowerMac. The old water cooled baby. Thanks in advance.