Background: I was a Mac user back in the day (Apple IIe and the first generation Mac with two floppy drives!), but have been using Windows boxes ever since for a number of reasons. A couple of years ago my girlfriend got herself a Macbook and last year gave me an iphone for Christmas. After enjoying the experience with the Macbook and the iphone, and having them not play so well with my Dell desktop, Im ready to come back to Mac. I'm looking at the new Mini, the most cost effective way back into the world of Mac. Even after search and lurking for the answers, Im still a bit confused about some of my options so I was hoping to get some help picking the parts I need. As always, cost is a concern. Basic uses: Im not a power user by any means. Ill mainly be using it for basic business apps, internet surfing, light Photoshop type editing, maybe some video editing in the future, a base station for streaming audio via an airport express to my stereo, and playing video files. Base Hardware: New Entry Mac Mini (1 GB Ram, 120GB HDD) Upgrade (myself) to 4GB: Cost vs. performance here seems like a no-brainer Wireless: I need a new router (my iphone wont play with my D-link router) and am looking at the Airport Extreme or Time Capsule (see below) with the Airport Express to stream music to my stereo. Storage: This is where things get a bit hanky for me. I like the idea of being able to access my files not only from my girlfriends laptop when shes on my network, but also via the internet when I am outside my home network. According to Apple, I can do this from a HDD attached via USB to the Airport Extreme. I also would like a hard drive to use for Time Machine. I dont know if it would be best to upgrade the internal hard drive (but then I couldnt easily access these files from my home network or the internet, could I?), go with a Time Capsule, go with an external HDD attached to the Airport Extreme (where I would put most of my files) or some combination of the above. I know there is a speed penalty if I attach a HDD to the Airport Extreme due to the USB connection but not being a power user, would I really notice the difference? Sorry if this is too wordy, too noobie, or too incoherent and thanks in advance for any advice I can get!