I can't decide which to get, the iMac or Mac mini. I am taking one class this term and will be working full time. I plan on taking collage full time for a computer science degree and/or a degree in mechanical engineering so money will be tight for those years... On the plus side I was planning on buying a more costly car (in the $2000-$4000 range) and ended up with a $1350 car Now which shall I get? I will probably will not need the extra storage of the iMac and already have a external HD. But the iMac has the better graphic option. I do plan on playing a tiny bit of games between assignments like Heroes of might and magic V, Civ IV, Freespace 2, and other older ones. I know everybody will say iMac because of the games but I don't care that much as long as they are playable and it looks like the Mac mini will barley pull them along. On my trash PC windows box I have a AMD 2400 with a GeForce 4 Ti4200 with 64mb and civ4 is playable.. not enough to extract an extreme amount of fun but playable (I didn't say anything about fun did I? ) Now I could wait for a refurbished Mac mini so the cost would be even less... but I am thinking of the iMac partly because of the graphic card and the fact that with the student discount you get a $160 rebate? that is not included in the Mac mini I think for a iPod. Also if I went for the Mac mini I would need to buy a screen. What is the iMac screen comparable to? $200-$300 screen? Or am I not looking at it the right way? (I compare things to about how much they cost). Is the "core 2 duo" 64 bit and "core duo" 32 bit? And other them memory capacity, what is the difference? (besides the slight 10%-20% speed increase) Now what I would use it for... besides the very occasional game I would like to host my website on it. I would test my programs I will write on it I would use it for internet research for school stuff I anticipate. I will use a CAD program of some sort but if my iBook can handle it (I have CSI Concepts Unlimited) then I don't think that is an issue. I have been drooling over the mac pro but I will not use half of it ~90% of the time, but I can still drool over it lol I plan on keeping this thing running up through collage so perhaps something slightly better that cost more $ will be better in the long run. Right now I'm in no rush to get one, I will not start collage till after fall, shoot it could be next year fall for all I know, but I doubt it will be any longer then that. I think I am more likely to start in the winter.