A few years ago I had a Mac pro when Apple first went Intel. Then I had a 27" iMac when they first came out with the new form factor and i7. Now I have a 2011 Macbook Pro which I have connected to a Dell 27" 2560 X 1440 monitor and wireless keyboard, mouse, and trackpad. Since this is a 2011 machine, I've been wondering what a good machine would be on a budget. Since I am really just using my notebook off to the side on my desk as a desktop computer, would a Mac Mini be a good machine? Or is my Macbook Pro still good for a few years? I am mostly doing music, graphics work, web design on my Mac. I have a 2.2GHz i7 with 16GB RAM and a Seagate 1TB hybrid SSD drive. It only bothers me using it as a desktop because the slightest amount of taxing of the CPU causes the fan to rev up really loudly.