Hi I have a MacBook Pro which i use for everything. However I have an old Desktop PC which is before Dual-core. Its a clone 2.4ghz processor, 512mb ram. However get the impression its going to pass away soon... I use it for downloading off bit-torrent and it stays on ever day for at least 12 hours. It is also used for ripping CD's and encoding of video files before they are transferred to mac. No data is stored on it whatsoever. I am planning on purchasing a mac mini for the sole purpose of downloading and dvd ripping most hours of day, and ripping cds, converting of video files, all of which i dont like to do on MBP. How do you reckon MacMini would function as a workhorse. I am considering getting the lowest spec one. Would it be able to handle the level of work which i expect from it? Please understand that i only rip my own DVDs ( i purchase a LOT of them) and bit-torrentting of music, tv shows is legal where i live) i only use bit-torrent to download episodes of TV shows, movies etc. while the seasons are playing and once the season is over i purchase the boxset.