I am in the market to reduce my aging i7-860 windows system's footprint. The large tower is taking up space and power and I just want something less obtrusive. I am not a huge gamer, I do play the sims 3 every so often, but not much else. The card I am using in my desktop is a geforce 8800 gts. Way overkill for pretty much everything I do. The main objective is: Photography. I shoot in raw format and usually convert to tiff (I know, I can just edit the raws and need to start doing that, it will save disc space). I do shoot HDRs and panoramas from a 5DmkII camera. Also: Web Light word processing (can use pages) Light HD video (from 5DmkII, canon vixia HF G10 and sometimes a gopro hero) as well as time lapse photography. I have not got to the point of editing - yet, but mostly stitching the videos together, or just uploading them to youtube. Now, I do have the base model mid 2012 15" MBP with the quad i7 (sandy bridge) chip stocked with an M4 SSD and 8gigs of ram. I suspect this would take care of anything I need to do with video editing, but what if I wanted to port my work between two computers? I guess right now I am leaning toward a mac mini. But I can't decide which one? The mini would be pushing at least a 27" full HD LG monitor. I am not sure if I need two. Should I just get the base i5 mini and eventually upgrade the ram and install an SSD and dual boot windows 8? Or should I just get the base i7 and eventually do the same? Thoughts?