Until I realized how expensive it would be to build a machine that is more capable than my cMP. I have a 2010 cMP 8-core machine, and am researching buying an Apple SSD on the big thread here as well two 6-core 3.4GHz chips. Those together are going to cost me about $1,000. And my Mac Pro is probably worth about a $1000, or together about $2k. That is putting me into nMP territory, or so I thought. Refurbished nMP's are $2,500. But to get a similar 12-core setup will cost more like $6k. Maybe a new 2015 nMP would change the playing field, but for right now, it just doesn't make sense to pay for the premium to buy a nMP. I'm sure many of you already knew this, but I guess I didn't realize how much more expensive the nMP is.