So I've done a pretty exhaustive amount of research and looked at every number I can possibly find but I'm still torn on what setup provides the most bang for the buck. My budget is around 1k - 1200 so I'm limited there. I've pretty much narrowed it down to a few options. 1) current gen Mac mini (either the 2.6 or 2.3 i7) refurbed (when they become available) and upgraded to 16GB of RAM (about $110), an optical drive and a new monitor, keyboard and mouse that would run me around $150 (I figure I can get a pretty decent 21" monitor for around 100 - 110) 2) previous gen MBP - 15". Again it's a refurb but it's running a 2.2 quad core i7. I'd probably upgrade the RAM to 8GB on that one since it's got a stand-along graphics card 3) previous gen iMac - refurb'd. 2.8 quad core i7, upgrade ram to 8GB. 4) current gen iMac - either the base or 1 up version. (refurb'd...) I'm really attracted to the scores for the mac mini but then I go over to macworld and look at their real world performance on things like Hand Brake and the iMac just blows it out of the water so I'm conflicted. I know the current gen i7's are loads better but there are no options for a dedicated GPU with a macmini. Portability doesn't really play into anything although I would like to have the option to upgrade to an SSD at some point in the future (either via thunderbolt or internal - I've read some #'s on that as well). Sooo - thoughts? Thanks in advance!