Hey Folks, I'm new to this Forumn and am only a semi-propeller head.......IE I could hang if we were discussing LAN Switching and WAN routing in detail, but I can only follow a detailed conversation about MAC's and Computing. So go easy on me. I have read a lot of these threads and have learned much more than I could of on Apples website. I'm a long time PC Guy who has made the decision to switch to MAC. I've done my Last System Restore due to a Windows Exploit. So please keep in mind I have a PC mentatility and approach to my new system design. And I like that kind of control. I've managed to squeez blood from a turnip with my 10 Year Old 3.2 Ghz Pentium 4 PC running Dual 160 Gig Raid 1 hdd's. However for a couple years now I've not had the disk space I've needed and lacked the funds for a much needed upgrade. I'd like to avoid the conversation drifting to the fact that an iMac i7 is a more appropriate platform form my computing needs. I probably agree with that statement, however I've made the decision to proceed with the MacPro Platform for several reasons...........Which are important to me. 1.) Growth............I can upgrade a MacPro's innards allot more than an iMac and I'm looking for a machine that will last me more than 5 yrs. 2.) Internal HDDs..........I'm bought into the fact that I want internal Hard Drives for both performance and for growing storage...I just don't like the idea of external hard drives. 3.) Raid 1 - I like knowing I can restore a Hard Drive or cluster if I need to. 4.) Memory Upgrades - Today I probably don't need much more than 8 Gig, but tomorrow I may need much more. 5.) Processor Upgrades.........I really like that if I buy the right MacPro Platform I can migrate from 8-Core to 12-Core with the same platform, should I ever choose too.. 6.) Storage.........I think its awesome that I can grow to a 4TB Raid 1 System, or go larger in the future should I need to change things. Expandability to 8TB is hugely important too me. So it looks like before people feel comfortable responding to my real question to come; People want to know what I'm using this system for? Well nothing professional..........thats for sure. Short answer is Video Editing and Digital Photography editing in RAW format. Standard iMovie and iPhoto may be more than adequate, but I can see where I may want Final Cut Express and Aperature 3 in the future. Depends on the limitations of what iMovie and iPhoto present, and if I can live with them. Certainly nothing has ever pushed me into the need for professional video editing software in the past. I'm a Mac virgin, so I'll really have to wait an see there. I do a lot of personal filming today in Sony Digital Tape format, and soon in Sony (Perhaps) HD format. Obviously today on my old system editing times are reasonable, but rendering times are horrendous. I can edit in 30 minutes and then I might as well walk away for a few hours waiting for my work to render, in relatively low end formats. Certainly no longer acceptable to me. I alos want to start getting deeper into working with Digital Photography in RAW format, and work on Macro type close up shots of Bugs on Flowers and super blown up Dew Drops dripping off leaves. That kind of artsy fartsy stuff. Again all personal interest kind of stuff. Also throw in that I have converted all my music to iTunes and thrown away all DVD's. I want all my Movies, PodCasts, Music, Video Projects, and Photography on a highly scaleable, highly protected platform (Media Center). Hence the Raid 1 requirement. I have existing iPods and an Apple TV that I'll synch data too as well. Soooooooooo After all that. My Question keeping in mind I want a 5+ Yr platform. Should I go with a Quad / Hex Core System or the 8-Core Platform that can grow to 12 Core? I realize that today a Quad Core is probalby all I need, but I guess next year they could start banging out features in Final Cut Express that actually starts using the multi-Core. And in 5 Yrs perhaps everything will require multi-core systems. Also I think but am not proficient enough to understand if more Core's means faster rendering times for my Video projects? Or is a higher clocking rate better for rendering times? Lastly there is not much of a price difference between a single processor Hex Core MacPro Platform and a Dual Processor 8-Core configured MacPro. The Hex Core looks like pretty much higher 3.33 Ghz processors, where as the Octo-Core has the 2.4 Ghz processors. Will my Video Editing requirements EVER push me into the 8-Core / 12-Core platform, or is this reserved for Professional ONLY video environments. I want to make the right decision and I know there are some laughing already saying ...........then go with the iMac. But that aint happening. So............Hex Core or 8-Core???? That's my question.