Ok here's what's going to happen. I'm going to purchase a brand new Mac, but what do I get? Here's what I can do: Mac Mini - default configuration Flat Panel Monitor Keyboard and Mouse (Bluetooth?) iBook - default configuration Mac Mini I can only upgrade to 1GB of RAM Monitor would be exceptionally nice to have Keyboard and mouse would help if they are BT, then again I could go with the regular ones. iBook can get upto 1.5GB of RAM - I use RAM intensive applications It's portable, and I would use it daily TrackPad has scrolling additions SMS is on the Hard drive Cons of Mac Mini: Mac Mini's power with RAM intensive programs Heard some are dropping dead Cons of iBook: Battery - I know they last long, and 6 hours is a lot, but I'd need to maintain the battery Or you guys should help me decide. I want the iBook for portability so I'm leaning towards that, but then again the Mac Mini with the monitor would be nice too.