I have finally decided that the 27" iMac may be over kill for my needs since I can't really think of a time I wished my 19" HP TouchSmart had a larger screen. So now my delima is 21.5" i3 or i5 - I am constantly checking the refurbished inventory and all I've seen were the i3's lately. My family will be using this new computer for homework, iTunes, iPhoto, Garageband, copying dvd's with handbrake and of course browsing the Internet. Oh and we would like to be able to use the computer for other tasks while it's making digital copies of a DVD instead of having to wait until I'm at work or sleep to run handbrake. So you can see that the multitasking I'm into is not that intensive, but will I be ok with just the i3 or should I step up to a i5 - money is not the big issue if I make my purchase from the refurbished stock but it's just that waiting for a i5 to pop up online that is starting to get to me.