Originally Posted by Yoozer
Also factor in that it's sometimes better to buy second best - so much cheaper - so you can replace it after 3-4 years. Sad reality, but more than that is an eternity for computers - regardless of if it still works.
The plus side of it is that you can buy the top of the line professional solution from 5 years back for next to nothing, as there is almost no market for g5 era power macs, being that pro have to keep up with the industry, and nobody has 'ppc nostalgia.' For this reason you can pick up great deals particularly if you're into video editing. a dual g5+kona 2 card can do anything necessary to edit a movie, and plenty fast, but you can buy that setup for less than 1/10th the price of the next generation hardware.
For years now computers have been plenty fast enough for most any real world application (where you are not having to compete with other professionals for cpu power, like who can render this commercial faster).