All my Macs are older Intel boxes with integrated graphics and are not supported for ML. I decided I needed a new Mac so I started looking for replacements for my main machine, my white Macbook. I found a newer white Macbook on Apple's refurb site for $849 that can run ML but for that kind of money, I really should get a performance boost. I started looking at refurb 13 in and 15 in MBP models and came very close to pulling the trigger since a 15 percent discount on those is very attractive. Meanwhile, I had set an alert on refurb me for Mac minis below $500. Last night while I was browsing MBP refurbs I got an email that a mini had showed up for a mere $469. And this time it wasn't some old clunker. It was the 2010 model with graphics that could run ML. I snapped it up. It's not the ideal solution. I'd much rather have a new 15 in or 17 in MBP but now I have a "second machine" I can easily upgrade to 8 GB RAM, which I also ordered last night from Crucial for $45. Even the Intel graphics based refurb clunkers at Microcenter cost $500 or more so I think I did alright. One of these days I'll replace my aging whitebook, but for now when I want to test something on ML, I'll be able to do it on my new mini. If I'd spent over $1000 on a new MBP refurb, I'd be looking at a geekbench of over 6,000. For $500 I have a machine that scores 3600 alongside my Macbook which scores 3200 and it has an optical drive so I can use it for transcoding and still get work done on my MB. I'm sure there are other ways to solve my ML problem. For instance, if I'd broken down and upgraded any one of our Macs since 2008, I'd be in the clear but this solution seems to be the lowest cost for now and I'm now waiting for my refurb mini to show up at my local Apple store for pickup. Edit: There was a bit more incentive for me to pick the mini. I wanted the HDMI output so I could use it as a HTPC. So I'm starting this thread to find out what others with Macs that were "voted off the island" are doing about it? Time for a major refresh or a penny pinching solution like mine?