Currently have a 1.42 G4 mini. I've been very happy with it. Kids need a Mac, so it's time to give them the mini and get something new. I've looked at all the benchmarks, but I'm looking for some "real" experiences. Are the Intel minis much faster at encoding and rendering? My mini shows it's slowness when it comes time to encode and burn iMovie projects. I usually start the process and let it run overnight. Are the current minis much faster? That's probably the most intensive thing I run now. Maybe an iMac will do. Certainly don't need a Mac Pro.