I need (want) to buy a mac pro within the next 24hrs to beat my end of financial year deadline, but I'm still undecided between an octo 2.66ghz or the 2.93ghz. This will be my first Mac and I want to get it right. I imagine that it will be many years before I will be able to afford to upgrade. Below are a few of the apps I will be using FCS working on HD footage Adobe CS4 Lightroom Photodex Producer via Parallels Logic Studio Reason 4 Mixmeister Fusion & Video via Parallels I don't have time for gaming, so that is not an issue. Currently I have a Pentium 4 3.20GHz PC with 3 Gig of Ram, which sticks two fingers up at me every time I try do do anything creative - hence the switch to Mac. I've looked at the benchmarks and read the other posts and considered the question "Do you really need it?" The answer to which is, "I don't know." At the moment, I can afford the 2.93, but equally could use the difference in the hike between the two processor's price to buy other things. If 2.93Ghz is considered too meaty for my needs, then what do guys who buy such a beast do with theirs? I really would appreciate some constructive advice on this one before I hesitate in pulling the trigger on either model and miss the deadline altogether.