Current uses of Mac Mini: Aperture 3 Final Cut Express - may upgrade to FCPX Photoshop CS3 - most likely upgrade to CS5 Standard web, pages, numbers, iTunes, iPhoto The 2007 1.83 C2D Mini was what replaced the Power Mac G5 Thinking of upgrading to either the iMac or the Mini Server. THe issues I have are that I was comfortable ripping the mini open to get it to go this long with HD and Ram changes, but I do not think I would be so comfortable with ripping open an iMac. Advantages of Mini Server - already set up for one, display keyboard, mouse, etc. - 2 internal drives that are somewhat user replaceable - Most likely add a boot SSD drive - low power Advantages of iMac - Another display to use - Can add more Ram - Discrete graphics So it would really be the $1499 iMac 21.5" vs the mini server at $999 THe base iMac only has the 500GB internal drive and I would like the 1TB minimum so that forces the next one up - also provides option to get the i7 at another $200 premium. So the question is for $500 more is the iMac that much better than the Mini server for my needs - will it be better at the things I do at i5 or i7. Dropping the 16GB Ram in there is appealing but not if that is the only real benefit at $500 additional. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks.