Hey guys! Im new here to the macrumors forum, but I am a long-time mac user. My first mac was the 'ol Performa. Then I had a 7300/180, Blue&White G3 350 tower, blueberry 233 iMac, and finally a graphite 400 iMac. Needless to say, i'm a mac-for-lif'er!! Ok, now to the questions. I want to get a new mac (or a slightly used one). I would use it mostly for storing and lightly editing photos, web use, website building, and some HDV editing. I have a 720p JVC-HD1 prosumer camera that I have about 5 hours of video that i'm ready to edit, so I want a machine that can handle a lill bit of HD editing. I'm not interested in the medium to top of the line Mac Pro 3Ghz cause I won't EVER even come close to utilizing the full potential of that machine. I don't believe the 2Ghz newest mac mini will even handle the HDV content without dropping the frame rate. Plus it doesn't have FW 800 or eSata, so thats out. I am thinking that the 2.4Ghz 24" iMac would work well for my application. Even If it takes 12 minutes on an imac to compress a 720p movie that would take only 5 on the quad core MP, i am still fine with that, cause im not trying to make money with it. So, I am really looking at getting a 24" 2.4Ghz AlumiMAC. Is the 2.8Ghz Extreme version alot faster? I want to get a bare bones model and use the extra dough for a OWC 4G ram upgrade, and a 500 or 750 gig FW800 external drive. I went to the local Apple reseller and fell in love with the 24" iMac. It is beautiful! They had it hooked up to an Apple TV system, and I almost cried. Does it sound like Im thinking right? Can a mac mini handle the HD editing? ( I searched the forum for an answer to that without getting a satisfactory answer.) Thanks for the help guys! Already I love this site!!