I have been wanting a DVR or a streaming device of some sort for a while now. I alos need to get a newer computer. I was wondering if it would make more sense to get a mac mini and slowly add the extra components I would need to use it as a dvr. I don't watch a ton of tv but there are a few shows that I would like to record and watch later. Also recording them in standard def if just fine for me. I was thinking about getting a used mini off of ebay I usually see the 1.5ghz core duos go for under $500. It seems like a good idea for me. I need a computer now but will be getting a new or used iMac in the fall. So I was thinking I could grab the mini now then in the fall when I get my imac the mini could serve as a dvr/Apple TV. Also I will be new to osX as I have not used a mac since the IIc in grade school. I can't stand vista and I am ready to jump ship. I don't have a ton of movies and the are all standard DVD's. I want to learn how to rip them and keep the 5.1 surround sound. Also is there a way I can rip a movie with it's 5.1 sound and use it on a ipod touch? I had an ipod video and I hated have two copies of all my vids. One higher quality for the computer and another for the ipod. so and advice or thoughs you could throw at me would be great. Thanks for your time.