The Mac is $519 off of the Apple store refurbished and the 2006 Aluminum iMac is $500 off of Craigslist. I'll include the specs of the two below. I currently have a pc laptop for backup but really just need a strong home computer. I'm in high school and do a lot of web surfing/researching for school. I like to use iMovie for video projects and I listen to music a lot. I also have a GoPro camera I use for sports and many occasions. In other words, I do video editing a lot. Anyways, I have around a $600 budget and could go over but the lower the better obviously. I already have a monitor, so that would not need to be included in the Mac Mini's budget. (I could go with a dual monitor set-up with the iMac though ). I would need to buy a wireless keyboard and mouse with Mac Mini ($69 bucks each) but it already comes with a connector for the monitor. The iMac already comes with a wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse but I would need to buy a connector ($30) for the second monitor. $530- iMac $657- Mac Mini (with Apple's One Year Limited Warranty) Mac Mini's Specs: Refurbished Mac mini 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Originally released July 2011 2GB memory 500GB hard drive Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution Intel HD Graphics 3000 What's in the Box Refurbished Mac mini HDMI to DVI Adapter Power cord Printed and electronic documentation iMac's Specs: Late 2006 Model iMac 24" Aluminum. 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 duo. 4 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM. Graphics ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256 MB. OS lion 10.7.4. Has word,excel,PowerPoint. Microsoft outlook and Garageband. Wireless keyboard and mouse. Pros and cons for each would be appreciated but any answer would help since this will be my first Apple computer. Thanks in advance!