Anxiously waiting for Apple's release of Mac's new desktops, I was a bit disappointed. I was hoping the standard version of the MP would be an octo processor, thus cutting out another thing to consider. Currently I have an HP Pentium 4 desktop and a Gateway 1.6 Ghz 1 gb ram. Obviously both need an upgrade. Basically my next purchase will replace my PC for sure, and possibly my laptop. Here's what I'm looking at: mac pro $2299 (barebones) and get a dell 24-inch for $500 some One 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3GB (3x1GB) 640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB MacBook Pro 17" $2000 (refurbished) 2GB memory 200GB hard drive; 7200 rpm NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory I'm a student working with digital media. I'll be running Final Cut Studio 2, Adobe Creative Suite 4, perhaps Logic Studio for Logic Pro 8, among other programs. I realize these systems are more powerful than I'll need them for the time being, which is why I'm sticking with the standard models. Unfortunately the new MacBook does not support firewire, and I want a computer than can do so. I haven't bothered checking the iMac or Mac mini, they do not interest me. My main concern is the MBP's versatility vs MP's upgrade ability. Eventually I'll probably get the other one (if I get the MBP now I'll get the MP later, or vice versa), but that could be 5 years down the road. Thanks in advance for any advice.