I previously had a 2007 2.4 GHz Core2Duo 20" iMac. I bought my late 2012 2.5 GHz Core i5 Mini and dropped a Crucial M4 256 SSD in it about 1.5 months ago. I'm currently handbraking a couple seasons of The Wire so that I can have them on iTunes instead of on a disk. This thing is so much faster than my iMac, and also so darn QUIET! I have it sitting next to me, laying on a side with the bottom case open to keep it nice and cool during the handbrake. It's still silent. I was really debating waiting for Haswell. Then I was debating getting the i7. But after reading a lot of threads on here (thanks to you all), I just got the cheapest one. I figured it was cheap enough that it's okay if it doesn't last or I could sell it in a couple months when Haswell comes out. I don't know now when I'm going to need a new computer. I'm not a power user of any kind, but it handles internet, Word, heavy Excel, all my media needs, and handbraking very well. On top of that, I don't have an apple tv (yet), but it is a synch to unplug my mini and bring it downstairs to connect to the big screen for watching anything I want. It's portable enough that I sometimes bring it on work trips with an hdmi cord and just connect it to the tv in the hotel room. If you are debating on a mac mini, then it's probably an appropriate computer to handle your needs. Pull the trigger.