Background I've been using a 5-year-old iMac (the first aluminum model, which maxes out at 4GB) at work for nearly that many years. Whenever I've needed to edit video/audio I've taken the work home to my now-aging MacPro (3,1 with 2 x 2.8 GHz quad cores) with its two widescreen displays, upgraded video card, and 4 HDs. I mainly use FCPX, but I also run Premiere Pro CS5.5 and Final Cut Studio. Issue I have been asked to put together what would be needed for a new work Mac to do video/audio editing as well as standard office tasks. The rumors are that a new iMac and a new Mac Pro may be coming in the next year or so, but I need to order something in the next month. Potential Solution I'm thinking about a 15" MBP with 8 GB, SSD, Apple Thunderbolt display, mouse and keyboard, and some kind of external Thunderbolt hard drive. Questions 1. Does this setup seem reasonable? 2. Because I don't know if I'll be forced to use a specific piece of software, does this setup work well for FCPX, Premiere Pro CS6, and Avid Media Composer 6? 3. In my corporate environment you usually don't get the chance to incrementally make a major purchase, so it's important to get all the major items in one purchase. Are there any other items I may have left out?