Hello Everyone , Some of you may already know me as a Pro AMD guy , who just happens to own a Mac. some of you may also know that i recently put together a self built AMD Athlon XP system because i was looking into a new comp but could not afford a new iMac G5. Please note: Prior to me making the switch to Mac in Feb 2002 i was a Windows User running Windows Me (which made me quit winblows) My PC Specs: Windows XP Pro / Mandrake Linux 10.1 Dual Boot AMD Athlon XP-M 2400+ 1.8ghz (OC'd to 3200+ 2.2ghz) Corsair Value Select 512 RAM DDR PC3200 DFI NFII Ultra Infinity/ w Sound Storm Motherboard ATI Radeon 9600(non-Pro) 128MB DDR Hitachi 250GB SATA 8MB buffer 7200rmp 8.5ms Seek time NEC ND-3500A 16X DVD+/-RW Thermaltake Tsunami Dream Case Black w/ side window Thermaltake 480W PSU w/ Fan Controller Thermaltake SilentBoost heatsink. total come to a little over $700 After about a month of use on my new PC i find it much faster than my old 15in iMac G4 800Mhz w/ 2X Superdrive , as far as overall performance is concerned but i wonder had i put a 16X DVD Burner in my iMac and a new 7200rpm 8MB buffer , as opposed to the current 2x DVD-R and 60GB 5400rpm 2MB buffer. would the performance gap really had been so noticable. I am really more of a multimedia guy than a gamer. so here i am trying to find a million reasons to justify the purchase of a Mac Mini right after i just put together a pretty decent PC. Here are some of reasons i came up with: 1. After much use of XP i find that simple things like drag and dropping files from folder to folder are more complicated. 2. The GUI on XP isn't nearly as smooth as that of OSX, even on a machine that is nearly 3x faster. 3. While XP may start up quickly you have to wait for the stupid little icons on the desktop bar to load up (i know u can remove them but every time u download something it seems like it's always trying to add crap to the tool bar). 4. In my 1st week i got hit with over 40 spywares. This is Rediculious. 5. Constant Worries about Viruses. 6. Let's be real if it wasn't for Porn would we really be using Windows Media Player. LOL 7. This thing is as loud as a Turbine Engine. especially when compared to my iMac which at full speed is no louder then a small desk fan. 8. Every program crash requires a system reboot. I have to agree that in this time a Windows PC connected to the internet is more of a Personal Information Liability than it is a production tool. With the exception of Quick Encoding of DVD files and CD to AAC, i am beginning to regret my decision more and more. And Then this: Steve O' Pulls another rabbit out of his ass and now i'm kicking my own ass for buying this freakin' win box. Ok so now , but has it's downsides. Now I see this Mini Mac and i am Drooling for this Thing, along with a 1 Gig iPod Shuffle. I figure i don't need the Super Drive because i can just buy a USB 2 external 5.25 case for my NEC Burner for about $35 and use it with the Mac Mini. Now I am at a loss I already have an iMac 800mhz G4 512 SDram 2x Super Drive , that i will be giving to my Mom. I have this newly built PC that is faster but I still want a Mac Mini even though i may not need it , then again I am a Multimedia nut. so does this seem like wasted money to buy a mac mini for creative purposes. Just a few questions: 1. I have this 250 GB SATA HD and I need to know if I can format it so I can use it as an external storage device for video files , that can be accessed by Windows and Mac? 2. Would the Mac Mini 1.42ghz be noticably faster then my old iMac or comparable to my new system. 3. Can this machine really display HD Video. a big factor 4 me. So here I am like a lowly dog crawling back to the Mac, realizing that despite what the default Bilss Desktop background photo may show on windows XP , the grass is not greener on the other side.