Hey guys, I am thinking on buying a new computer, debating to go with imac 21.5 or mac mini with a new monitor. Money is tight I do a lot of browsing with firefox, sometimes i have more than 50 tabs open along with Mail, Itunes, iphoto, ical open. My work has given me a 2006 macbook pro with 2gigs which I am currently typing this and I feel 2G is not enough for my needs with my wife logged in with her firefox running. I will have to return it back when I quit there. I don’t play any video games, so I don't really care for high graphics. I am a software developer so I install various packages like iPhone sdk, xcode and so I need good computing power. I also need the webcam and microphone since I talk to my family online who are in an other country. Based on the above I have been thinking of the two options: 1) Base iMac 21.5 - 1149 with edu discount comes with $71.81 tax to $1220.81 2) MacMini with a new monitor base macmini with 4g - $639, comes to 678.94 with tax Samsung 24 inch from newegg - $270 ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280 ) adaptor to plug the mini to the monitor - $29 I have keyboard and mouse The disadvantage here is I need to buy an external webcam and mic to chat with my family. My only fear is that I never bought a All-in-one before and so little worried about it. Also, I keep hearing about the screen problems. Also I was thinking of not getting Applecare if I buy the macmini, but if I decide to buy the iMac, do you think I need to buy the AppleCare? While posting this thread, I feel the iMac makes a lot of sense but would like to hear what you guys think. In the future I might get a 13in macbook pro. what do you guys think? Thanks!