Hey everyone. I have recently been having trouble using my Late 2008 Macbook. I made a thread to see if the computer really is just old and not up for the task at hand. I have been recently ripping my Blu-Ray collection using MakeMKV and than proceeding to compress the file using Handbrake. Here's the thread for more info on my current laptop and the problem: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=16749948&posted=1#post16749948 Basically, the Handbrake process is taking over 10 hours and sometimes does not even finish, as was the case yesterday. So I realized that a new computer is necessary. Handbrake is the most technical or demanding thing I use my current computer for, the rest being browsing and Microsoft Office. I just want the compression to take significantly less time compared to right now. My question for you all is, would the base Mac Mini 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, meet my needs for Handbrake or is the upgraded 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 really necessary, considering it's a $200 price increase. I don't mind getting the base Mini and upgrading the RAM myself if that is all it needs. Thanks for your all you advice in advance! ***UPDATE*** So I ended up going with a 13" Retina MacBook Bro 2.5 i5, 8GB Ram, 256GB SSD. As far as the screen, I was pretty much disappointed immediately. After just a few minutes of browsing online on Safari and going to my desktop (gray background) I immediately saw heavy signs of image retention. The toolbar was visible, ads as black boxes etc etc. It was painfully obvious. I performed a "checkerboard" test if you will and left the image open for 15 minutes. After 20 minutes of the removing the image, there is still faint IR. The encoding, however, has been great! An 18GB file encoded using Handbrake "High Profile" preset (I use this one because I assume it gives the best quality while still producing smaller files) took 4 hours compared to ~10 hours it was previously taking. Average FPS was 9.73. Basically, the laptop suits my needs but I have become greedy. I realized I can make the jump to the 15", have the benefits of the quad-core, and just use my iPad for school instead of carrying it around all day. I am annoyed that I will have to return and reorder and resetup everything but I think and HOPE I am making the right choice. Just wanted to give everyone an update and share some information that may benefit others.