Before I type this message, don't talk about value. This thread is about what computer is better for ME, not what is better in general. I'll buy a Mac mini if it suits me. I'll buy an iMac if it suits me. If you think the iMac is better for me, suggest it. If you think the Mac mini is better for me, suggest it. Alright, my Early 2006 iMac is definitely aging. Sometimes it goes in to random "thinking spells" where the hard drive just accesses and accesses and does that ticking sound for about 5 minutes. My iMac has a Seagate drive, but some come with Maxtors(god forbid). It's clearly time for a new computer as this issue didn't seem to be resolved with an OS reinstall. Plus this iMac is getting a bit old. I am very OCD, noise bothers me while working. In no sense is my iMac quiet. Sometimes the fans just ramp up in to vacuum cleaner mode for no particular reason, which annoys me and startles me. If they've done something about the noise with the iMac, good, because the seagate drive in my machine is quiet while idling, but whenever it accesses it is really loud and it drives me nuts. For example, it has taken me an hour thus far to write this post due to the distracting noise of the hard disk. For a person who types at exactly 122 words per minute, this is shameful. To cut to the chase, the quieter the better. It needs to be fast. My aging iMac core duo, the very first intel iMac announced, is getting quite slow. However I find my brother's MacBook quite fast. He has about the same content on his machine as on mine. I just can't get work done on laptops. They make me thing about multiple things, like why is my lap burning with the intensity of 1000 suns, or why did my sperm count just drop, or hmm, before I do that homework I'm gonna watch the extended edition of lord of the rings. Either way, i don't get work done on them. In my fortress of solitude (my room) with a desktop I can focus on my work, so there are 2 desktops in consideration: 1. The adorable Mac mini The Mac mini. It's adorable. It's so small, which is good for tech jobs I occasionally do. I can take the Mac mini around because it is so light, and hook it up to that persons part. if it's quiet, HUGE plus. I already have a display that is doable. It's a bit cheaper, but I can't easily modify it. 2. The beautiful iMac It has an iSight, which could occasionally be useful, but not a requirement. I like the fact it can hold more storage which is good, but external drives are becoming cheaper and cheaper, and mine just died, giving Mac mini a competitive edge. The screen on the iMac is nice, but I prefer matte screens, so my 19 inch Acer display would be good. I like the semi-portability of iMac, but the fact it takes more space on my desk is a downside. I'm pinched for space in my not so spacious room, so that's a good thing. My desk is struggling with my 17 inch machine, so iMagine a 20 inch. I'd be ordering both of these with a Apple wireless keyboard and mouse. So chime in, and help me pick. I like the iMac all in one form, but I like the Mac mini a lot too.