So I'm learning animation and my current computer: MacBook Pro Mid 2010 Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz dual core 8 GB DDR3 Geforce 320M 256 MB 500 GB 7200 RPM HDD Isn't really up to it. Its taking entire days to make short 30 second animations. And the worst part is its so demanding I can't really use my MBP for anything else while its rendering. I'm pretty certain the bottleneck here is the C2D CPU. The GPU has no problems while I'm building the animations, rendering is the key issue here. Now being a student, my budget is very tight, so I can't afford an iMac or a Mac Pro. But I am considering one of the new Mac Mini's, since the latest refresh I can get one with a 2.6Ghz Quad Core i7. Since rendering is very CPU dependent, this should allow me to do some basic animation stuff much more efficiently. I would probably get the fusion drive as well (And max out the RAM myself since apple RAm is expensive. My concern with the Mac Mini is the Intel HD 4000 graphics. All the research I've done hasn't given me a clear answer if the HD 4000 is equal to the 320M or not. If it is then I'll know it can handle the building process of animations. So basically is the HD 4000 a decent graphics option (by decent I mean at least the same as the 320M I have now) or is it weaker then what I have now?