I've narrowed my search down to two models for my first Mac (Well, not really first - I'll explain later). I live in Baltimore which has a 6% sales tax...but I'm also an hour away from an apple store in awesomeland Delaware with NO sales tax!!! I also am a student at college (UMBC woot) so I get that discount too. My choices are as follows (not including gasoline lol) 1. Mac Mini with 4GB of Ram for $684 and a monitor/mouse/keyboard of my choosing for no more than $900 total. I can easily get a good 23inch monitor for cheap. 2. The 20 inch Imac standard config for 1,149. I will be using the mac for HD viewing and photo editing and I am also pretty interested in hooking up the mac-mini to my HD set with a DVI to HDMI adaptor (WHY NO HDMI APPLE!? ) and audio into my stereo. Is there ANY reason why I should get the Imac over the Mac Mini? I have read numerous sources saying the Mac Mini does great HD when you bump up the RAM (card goes from 128-256). This will be my first mac in almost 8 years. I picked up a G4 Power Mac in 2002 with the intent of using music software like REASON to get some beats down, but this was when 10.1 was around and the whole OS9 - OS10 conversion thing was going on with software which long story short made my life a living hell for 2 weeks as the mac froze and crapped out on me over and over making me return it to go back to Windows. I got a sony Vaio which actually is still running and recently got a Dell Laptop for cheap, but it's only average with anything video related and cannot do HD. It suits my needs as a college student for classes, but not for my graphical needs. I really want to learn the Mac OS and am going to make my purchase mid-summer when I get some cash from my company for going to shool. This is also when Snow Leopard is supposed to drop if i'm not mistaken. So there you have it - can you give me a little help? Thanks!