I currently haveG4 dual 867 with 1.25 gigs of RAM OS 10.3.9 with about 6 gigs left on my hard drive.Digital Performer v4.6MOTU 828 originalPowercore FirewireReason 3.0 and the sonic Refill gold collection.Korg Triton Classic (which I mainly use as a MIDI controller)I do VERY little recording, and since getting Reason I am more interested in VIs (as opposed to hardware like my Triton.)I must stay under $5,000 total and would prefer the $4,500 mark. I am trying to be forward thinking in my approach.I’m thinking I need to grade especially since many of my critiques tell me my sounds are “to synthy,” and I would like to do more classical/classical instrumentation type pieces. Also I want to incorporate “real sounds/instruments” into my Hip Hop Instrumentals which comprise 6 out of 7 of my forwards since joining Taxi Feb 3rd of this year.I think I will need a new Mac since I can already max out my CPU in Reason fairly easily.So, I am thinking to get a new Mac pro dual 2.8 gig with 2 gig of RAM with 3 hard drives (maybe only 2), one fore OS, one for Samples, and the third to record to. $3,000 to $3,200.I will need to Upgrade DP + $200 total spent $3,200 to $3,400.This would leave me with another $1,100 to $1,800 for software.As for software I have been racking my brain reading through the forum threads. I went through about 16 pages in “Technology, Recording and Production.”Kontakt 3I am strongly considering, however I am aware of issues with DP, but I am not sure if they have been resolved. I know it has generous 33 gig library, which includes some VSL, which have a more ”dry” sound, but are not sufficient to do much extensive orchestral pieces. This would be very good, however as a mix with another library/libraries.Which brings me toEWQLI am considering the gold bundle (has release trails), or composers bundle. I can get the crossgrade version of Kontakt if I go this route. I am not sure what to think considering “PLAY” is on the verge of coming out for gold. I don’t really want to pay for upgrades. Would the extra few hundred be worth the other 6 libraries, or better invested in yet another library? I also like East Wests EULA, which Mazz pointed out.Kirk HunterI also like what I’ve heard from Kirk Hunter. Nick Batzdorf pointed me here - just an FYI. I’ve heard more talk of the ruby edition than diamond, but I am not sure why.MOTU SymphonicYet another consideration. Nick Batzdorf told me this is a, “good sketchpad orchestra, and it has convolution reverb built in.”Would there be a good (and inexpensive) way to still utilize my G4? Mazz, I know you have some experince in this realm (with adding a slave PC). I do own a PC with 2.4 Gig processor, but it is noisy and I use it for many things. If it would still be beneficial to slave to a Mac, let me know.OK, my brain is almost broken, and I am very tired. I hope I have been thorough in providing you all with enough info . I would like to hear what everyone thinks, even if it is something than the products/ideas that I’ve mentioned.Thank you, especially if you’ve read this far!