sitting here retouching massive images on my 2x2G5 is giving me a lot of time to daydream about my next machine. I want to know, if price were of no (ok, little) object, how would you kit out your ultimate machine. first, the assumptions. this machine will only be used for 2D photoshop work - no video, audio, 3D or gaming. there will be lots of RAM - assume it will be maxxed out. and the biggest assumption, of course is that the smart thing would be to wait for the next gen to come out. but I think a lot of these questions can be answered independently of whether we're talking current or next gen machines. now, to the questions: how many cores. I know I said money was no object, so the assumption would be to go for the top of the line, but for 2D work, are 8 cores REALLY any better than 4? graphics cards. again, for 2D work, where's the line where it becomes overkill? which card in the current line up would you choose? given that everything they're currently offering is seriously old, would you get the stock bottom of the line, junk it, and replace with some other retail card? which one? drive setup. what kind of drives and how would you configure them? multiple raptors for OS, scratch, etc, or a RAID config? if RAID, what would you do? beyond that, what else would/could you do?