I've been debating between the mini server and the high end mini with upgrades and I would appreciate your thoughts. I will put 8gb of RAM in either machine. The server set up would be Raid 0 spanning both 500gb drives. The 2.5Ghz i5 machine would need to be upgraded with either one or two better drives. I'm thinking I would probably get a cable for the second drive and install a small SSD for OSX and a 1TB drive for data. The upgrades would probably bring the cost to around $1k (about the same price as the server.) The server upgrade doesn't require me to crack open the case (which I am comfortable doing.) I'm trying to determine which system is better for me. I really don't game on the computer. I process movies at times, iphoto work, and have a lot of video on tape that needs to be transferred and imported to iMovie. These are old family movies that I would like to edit once their imported. Normal uses are email, web, MS Office, etc. My current mini (2009) is slow and bogging down, probably due to too many programs loading at startup. Which configuration do you think would be better? Does the performance gap between the CPUs outweigh the GPU benefit? I guess the other option would be to get a base model and do the upgrade listed above. Thanks for your advice.