Hi, I'm sure there's lots of threads about mac mini as a media center, but I'd like some buyers tips for me personally. My first mac was a 15¨ Macbook Pro Retina, and lately I've been getting the idea that I could use a mac mini as a media center, connected to my 46¨hdtv. I just want to use it to download torrents (and display them with plex), play 1080p movies, and also use it as a emulator for SNES, PSX, etc (with a controller in the USB port - awesome!). My only criterias is that the Mac mini can play these games without lagging, and it needs to be DEAD SILENT. I bought a NAS a couple of months ago, sold it after 24 h because it was making too much sound. So my questions are: I'd love to spend as little as possible on this. Is it overkill to buy a 2,3 quad-core Mini with 8gb memory and a 256 gb SSD? Will I be fine on the baseline mac with dual-core and a 5400rpm hdd? I mean, will the media server/game station be fast AND silent enough without an i7 processor and a SSD? The difference is like 700 dollars. Also: Can I play 1080p movies without the slightest of lag from a USB3 external hdd (probably a WD My Passport)? Does a SSD vs a HDD make any difference there? I'd appreciate your input. Thanks alot! PS. Please don't comment that I should buy a 150 dollar media player. A mac mini is what I want, I just want to know what I need in terms of hardware for it to be fast and silent.