Since the new release of the Mac Pro I have been searching this board and asking questions, but now I am getting close to my Christmas present (saved up a lot of presents) At the moment my desktop is a 2005 G5, yes I am very limited at the moment with all intel, etc. Thankfully we have Imac and 2 Macbook Pros in the house. This is what I mainly do, (leaving out the simple stuff).... Final Cut- I mainly do projects for fun, with some paying jobs also. I would like to get more jobs but the economy stopped a lot of my jobs and especially before I started my personal side business. I also put the business on the back burner due to my G5 not doing very well these days. Adobe Photoshop- Im not sure if I will dive into the new CS or anything to big anymore, but I do use Photoshop for my video and pictures for relatives. I know you do not need a Mac Pro for most of the jobs I do but I like to know I can. Music- I use Garageband a lot, I know there are other programs I can use but I have always liked Garageband, and have a lot of samples to choose from that I added through the years. I do plan to learn and use more music applications in the future. I am also a drummer, and if I could find a good deal to mic my drums to my G5 in the garage that would be great! Plus if its possible. I can see the debate of getting an Imac i7 chip. The only reason I don't really want to go down that road is I enjoy opening up the machine and swapping out Hard Drives, memory, etc. I like the idea of running USB 3.0. I have not been reading how USB 3.0 will effect video cameras but I am sure it will one day, also have not looked into USB 3.0 installation. Plus if I were to only put one DVD drive is there a Blu-Ray internal drive that works well with the slot for the 2nd DVD drive? My 2005 G5 has been a great computer, even with the current problems I still use it for Adobe Photoshop and FC. In the past 5 years Iso much junk has been put on the machine, since it was my first Apple computer I used for school, media class that changed my life in college. Also when I first got I put way to much junk on it, and need to reorganize my Pro life. So I am looking at the 8 Core and do not want to buy another Mac Pro for another 5 years, yes I know new things will come out and I will want another, but as long as the new Mac Pro line wont make any HUGE changes I will be happy with my purchase. I have read that the Quad Core would be fine with what I want to do, except I want to be prepared for the future, if the speed is slow now I can live with it if the speed gets faster when certain programs change, such as FC. There is also more equipment I need, mainly a new video camera, it does not need to be full on pro, just HD and something I can use for shooting sports such as a hockey game. I am not shooting commercials, I have and when I do I borrow a camera. So this is all for 60% personal use 40% business, maybe a 65-70% personal but I do take this all serious. Thanks for any info or suggestions. I know the pros out there jump on these with no concern, in 2005 the G5 changed my life, and I want to be sure I make the right choice considering I am not 100% professional. One day I would like to be, until then its mainly a serious hobby.