Greetings Users! All right, I'll make this as brief as I can. I've been running my White Intel C2D iMac since about three months after its release, and I'm thinking it's a good time to consider upgrading my hardware (I've maxed out the RAM and don't need any more internal storage than what I have, so there's not much I can do). I know that I want a desktop unit that's not the Mac Pro (too rich for my blood, and I know the consumer-grade computers work just fine for me), but I'm struggling between the newer iMac line or these shiny, pretty new minis. Aside from surfing the web, email, iTunes stuff (movies, music, podcasts), and document creation, here's what I find myself doing most often, in no particular order: 1. Photoshop CS4 2. Final Cut Express 4 (might upgrade to a version of FCP [preferably the version before X, if I can find it legitimately] or Adobe Premiere in the future if FCE can't make the 'cut' anymore, haha). 3. Handbrake. 4. iMovie, for tasks FCE4 would be overkill for. 5. Dreamweaver CS4 6. Skype/video calls Now, I realize that no matter what machine I choose to go with, I'll see a performance boost simply because the hardware has changed so much in the 5 years I've had my iMac. However, I would rather spend less money (in the long run) by going with the mini if it has the horsepower to do the six things I've listed above effectively. Also, if the responders do think the mini will work for me, which do you think I'd benefit from the most based on the uses listed above? I'm thinking the quad core server, but I might just be wrong (and yes, I am aware there are numerous threads about this subject already, but I'd rather get an opinion that matches my uses specifically). P.S. I'm also aware that: If I want to continue to make digital copies of my DVDs, I'll need to buy an external drive. I'll need to purchase peripherals separately, which isn't included in the initial cost of the computer; however, if I buy them once and don't beat them up, I should be able to use them with this mini and the next... possibly even the next. Assuming the mini doesn't get discontinued, that is iMacs are more expandable than the minis in terms of RAM and internal storage. However, internal storage is not a concern for me, since my data is kept on external drives anyway (except for programs), and I'm not sure if I'd fill up more than 8GB of RAM. Thanks in advance for your time and responses!