I've had this machine for about 6 months now and I love it. It normally runs quite well, but tends to slow down dramatically or freeze when I use applications such as HandBrake, CleanApp, Disk Utility, etc. It also seems like apps take forever to launch at certain times. I started running Activity Monitor in my dock over the last week or two, and I've noticed a large chuck of RAM is being used at a pretty constant rate. (As a side note, when Handbrake or Disk Utility are running, my CPU's are maxed out.) The apps that I have open up automatically at start up (and are normally running at all times) are: Finder (duh) Scroll Reverser (in preparation for Mac OS Lion) Safari Twitter for Mac iTunes Todolicious Caffeine Activity Monitor Mail I also use GarageBand to record my band practices, and Pages to do schoolwork quite often. Now my questions to you guys are: Do I need to add more RAM to this machine to enhance performance? Is the 2.4 Core 2 Duo not good enough to suffice my needs? Am I expecting too much out of a Mac Mini? (If so, what Mac would you reccomend? I'm on a $1,200 budget) Thanks for your time guys!