Man, I'm ready to upgrade (because family member needs hand-me down iMac to replace their very old and kind of broken one, but not because my machine is having any trouble). But I can't decide which to get. I can talk myself into the 27" SSD i7 with 2GB vram to future proof, the high-end 27" to get the big screen and the 6970M card, or even the bare-bones 21.5 at $1200 looks a bargain. My work needs are all word processing and spreadsheets, so no processor needs there. I occasionally make a home movie of a trip or something like that. I don't care if it takes a while to encode the movie as there is no deadline on that stuff. I have external drives and don't need more than 500 megs of storage readily available. I do game though not hardcore. And the games that I play now, WOW and SC2, both run pretty well on my 2008 iMac (yes with settings on mid to low, but they still look pretty good to me). Do people think the bare bones model would give me a significant upgrade in performance over my 2008 core 2 duo, even if the Mhz are slower? Could I buy the barebones, install Windows 7, and then get even better performance? Maybe I would game more on the Mac versus XBox if I had Windows installed, which of course might then make me wish I had a 6970M with at least the 1GB VRAM. I have a good job (knock on wood) and can afford all three models, but don't want to piss away cash for power that is just going to sit there unused.