I started video ages ago but the monumental moment was the switch to mac. I started with a 20" Al. iMac with 4 gigs of ram. Started off okay as I was still doing standard definition. Then I went hi-def and I fall asleep during rendering times. It's time to go pro. I will be getting a 8 core 2.8ghz mac pro with 32 gigs ram and 512 video card (NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB) What I am asking you guys is what hard drive set up (Solid state and Normal Hard drive) will help accelerate the rendering time? Here's what I think: (P.s - I avoid raid only cause i am unfamiliar, please try to win me over) Drive 1: SSD 80gig used for OS & Apps Drive 2: SSD 250gig Used for CURRENT project of the week. Used to read info. Drive 3: 10k RPM drive 500-1000gig Scratch Disk for writting/rendering projects Drive 4: Storage What you think? Keep in mind that I also use shake, quake, logic 8, PS3, and crunch alot of DVD's to video.