I have just made my first entry into the world of Mac after using primarily Pcs over the years. My Mac is a 2011 BTO middle range 2.5 ghz i5 with a 750gb HDD to which I've added 8gb of OWC memory. I'm completely fresh to this and I have no real productivity aims other than exploring and having a bit of fun. My only interest is having a machine which can live up to its potential and hopefully meet or exceed my expectations for it. I am primarily interested in using this machine as a HTPC which is able to serve all available web video (youtube, Hulu+, Netflix HD, etc in the flash world) and rips of my DVD and Bluray collection. As far as exotic inputs I will be adding through Bootcamp Windows 7 Home so that I can connect an HDHomerun Prime Cablecard device making it into a cablebox as well. Of course, I will avail myself of itunes and plex eventually when these other functions are satisfactory. This mini will fill out larger network of windows 7 and vista devices which are connected to either the HDhomerun Prime device (1 i7 Vaio f113 laptop; 1 HP 6 core AMD desktop; 1 Acer Ion powered 330 nettop) or an old ATI OCUR device (Vaio lt-35e dual core). This way I'll have a media system in every room, if not two for different tasks. This represents a culmination of a couple of years of massing resources and the Mac mini is proposed to operate in my basement and finish off the total build which was begun to save on rental of HD boxes from Comcast when I decided during the digital transition to move everything to HD with an eye to having some fun with a hobby project, make my home fully internet capable, and get a feel for different kinds of computers (thus, the foray into Mac.) Right now I am having a bit of disappointment with my new mini and I want to know if I've overestimated my expectations for this machine. I have it set up (but have yet to operate bootcamp) attached to a 42" Panasonic plasma in a setup similar to its final arrangement. My distress is related to its ability to reliably play web video. I have flash 10.3 loaded on as the latest 11.xx seems not to work well. Whenever I play any web video, it is unwatchable due to buffering. It plays SD content passably when it isn't buffering, but I expect that it should have no trouble with HD content (ie Netflix and Hulu+). It feels like I am using my Atom/Ion powered Acer 330, which I use to play everything but Netflix HD. That little guy even has no trouble with HD cablecard feed. Is the AMD card just not sufficient for this task? My Acer Revo has an Nvidia with 128 mb vram and it plays almost everything else better than my Mini! I was hoping it would be able to display netflix HD but it has yet to do this. Is this a known issue with the mini? Am I just over reaching? I had initially planned on getting the Mini Server but opted instead for the discreet graphics but now I wonder if I was mistaken. I am hoping you can reassure me that this is something that can be fixed eventually and that the i5 turbo boost and discreet graphics really are powerful enough to correct this unfortunate flaw in my scheme.