I currently have external fw harddrive that i use for school.. so hard drive is not really a problem when i'm getting a mini.. however, i am not a real tech guy, so just wanted to make sure before i go purchase Mac mini. I am looking to buy Mac mini 1.25ghz 40gig and all that regular spec for $499. However, I will put in a gig or 512 mb of memory myself. I am looking to run... Final cut pro 4 (or HD) Photoshop cs and after effects.. Would mac mini sufficient enough to run these even with 512? or would I need a gig of ram? or would this not work at all for what I am looking forward to use? Thanks guys... oh.. and one more.. if i load up the programs (FCP, PShop, and AE) on to my external FW (7200rpm), would it load up faster than i would from the harddrive in the system itself? Thanks.. once again.