I apologize up front for the ramble... I bought my first mac shortly after the Intel Mac Minis came out. Mostly it was to see what it was about. Mostly I used it as a "media server" -- has my iTunes library, runs DVArchive -- a ReplayTV server -- and has my digital photos. Played around with Parallels and Fusion to see that a couple of Windows only applications I use would run (they do). As luck would have it, my traveling computer (HP TC1100 tablet) was starting to give signs of being not long for this world when the MacBook Air was announced. So I bought one and so far love it (but a couple of upcoming trips will be the acid test). So have have become a Mac convert. Anyway, my main desktop machine (P4) is also long in the tooth. Also, She Who Must Be Obeyed needs a new computer (She has a PIII still running Win98 -- won't upgrade) and my Mac Mini would be perfect for her -- allowing me to buy and new box (and get brownie points with Her ) I should also add I am very happy with my Princeton 24" monitor and my buckling spring keyboard and don't want to change. I think you can see where I am going -- A Mac Pro is way overkill for what I need (and way more money than I can spend, having just bought an MBA). Yet the new Minis don't have enough oomph in the graphics, memory, etc. I really don't want an iMac since I have nice monitor and I still have some older PCs that I fire up every couple months to find things I didn't bother moving over. What I really need is a MBP but in a desktop inclosure I guess I could hook my keyboard and monitor up to a MBP and just use it as a "desktop" computer. Seems a waste, though. Any words of wisdom from the "older" (in Apple years ) and wiser heads here?