I've been going round and round with some people on the blue iris forums about this topic, so I thought I'd ask for a sanity check on my thinking. Blue iris is a great windows dvr security app. With multiple megapixel ip cams, the processor requirements are pretty hefty. I'm running BI currently on a 700w gaming rig, an amd x6 with very good benchmark ratings. I can run 6 1mp cams with about 20% processor utilization. It runs fine most of the time, but the 2 year old PC will randomly blue screen. I'm tired of trying to diagnose it, and I don't like the tower size, noise, firm factor, and power consumption. My thought is to get a mini and bootcamp into win 7 for this headless dvr dedicated use. The mini i7 seems to have comparable benchmarks, and the i5 would probably work fine. Most BI users think it is crazy to get a mini for a windows 'closet machine' for this use. But they are specing out $800+ home built machines to run theirs, to me, a mini would be perfect. Am I crazy for thinking this way? It's about the same money for a Mac, is low power and small.