I'm a graphic designer, mainly work in Quark, PS and Flash, run a huge itunes library and have several dozen of web tabs open at the same time. I won't be doing any games, 3D, video or rendering, so I doubt the octo core will be necessary for me. I'm finally ready to make my purchase of the new MacPro. I think I will go for the 2.93 Quad, get 8GB RAM from OWC, two 1TB WD Black Caviar HDs and one WD 1.5TB Green HD from newegg. I have a Dual 1.85 G5 at the moment and use two displays, a 20" and a 23" ACD, which has been OK for me in the past years. With the new MacPro I want to get a 30" monitor, keep the 23"ACD and pass the 20" over to my wife along with the G5. Now I'm a little worried that the Apple 30" ACD is a bit old tech (2004!), even though I like the look of it. I've read a lot of raving reviews about the NEC LCD3090 and am considering that one. What do you guys think about it? I must admit I'm a bit hesitant to allow a non-Apple display onto my desk (just for looks). Otherwise reviews seems to indicate that the NEC is much better in terms of image quality. On the other hand I think it might be likely that there will be a new 30"LED Apple display in the next months, all modern and shiny. And I would be sitting at my desk with a clunky looking PC monitor .... Also, if I get the NEC, do you think it would be OK to just use it out of the box - or is the SpectraView calibration kit really necessary? The other option would be to get the 24"LED Apple display, but I'm not so sure about the glossy surface, and I could really use the bigger screen for work. Let me hear some expert advice, please!