Hello from France! I'm quite obsessed by silence and screen quality, so i decided not to take any chance with the new imacs 27. I want to report here my experience with: - Mac mini 2.26GHz 2GB late 2009, $599 - SSD Corsair performance 128GB, $360 - Eizo EV2411W 24'' discontinued, $500 1. Choice of the lower end Mini: according to this article http://www.macworld.com/article/143611/2009/11/macminilate2009.html only 10% performance increase with the Mini 2.53, 4GB ram. 2. Choice of SSD. Corsair Performance and Intel work fine with Mac. One must remember that to keep the SSD performance high, it is recommended not to write on it too much, an external "storage" drive is necessary, so one may as well choose the 64GB SSD to save $$. I installed the 160GB HD from the Mini (Fujitsu drive, constant clicking noise, Apple knows about this issue) in an external Firewire box. 3. Eizo screen. Quality of screens has a price. These ones are massive, old design, but matte and very rich in settings possibilities. Colors are even ! All this works smoothly, in silence. The Mini fan was still audible at the original 1350 rpm so I installed Fan Control to force it down to 1000rpm, temperature stays in the 40-50 degrees range with that setting in normal conditions or video playback. With SSD, Mini starts up under 16s and all programs open blazing fast. Xbench overall result: 187 (232 for the SSD only) Geekbench result: 3364 $1460 system, could have been under $1000 with smaller SSD and non-Eizo monitor. If you follow this very precise video tutorial, replacing the Mini hard drive with SSD is a breeze (ie. for people who had already opened a computer or a Swiss watch before !) Mini design is remarquable of compacity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIiSaunTWWM Reset Mini SMC and Pram right after SSD installation. It is a completely satisfying system. I hope Apple decides to upgrade the next generation of Mini with system on a small SSD and hard drive storage instead of the Superdrive. And a smaller Mini power adapter please, this one is ridiculous !