If i were to bite the bullet & 'do it' i may need to sell an eye or one of my Kidneys.
Judging by the views of a number of online tech commentators & journalists retail prices for an entry-level spec Mac pro are expected to start at around the £3,500 mark. Up to somewhere near £4,500 - £5,000 region, depending on level of componentry & configuration.
Quad-core is real nice depending on just How Many progs you will be running at the same time...
however if NOT running many at the same time... a right decent dual core may be the answer ?
Having a good few cores running at the same time is BEST when running many progs at same time... if NOT then dual core will suffice.
Windows 7 IS great.
Cheers AT. Regards. Babur.
Not sure if you bought yet or not , but amazon are cheaper than the apple stores ( think they are spliting the VAT they don't pay with you ) , if you want to buy local , John Lewis where matching online deals last time I looked , not as cheap as amazon but you get local service .
The only one I remember off the top of my head is for a 13" pro , ( I know thats not what you want ) is Apple Solihull store £999 , John Lewis Solihull store £ 915 , amazon £835 and they where all the same model
Hope this helps