I am a long-time computer user, who currently uses two Windows laptops, two desktop stations, and an iPhone 4 and several varieties of iPods. My partner uses a first-gen iPad. I am looking at another unit for my bedroom -- mainly to play videos (MKV/AVI), listen to some some music, and do web surfing from my bed (while I'm in it!). I have been looking at both iMacs and Mac minis today since I like the Apple stylings and since I cannot seem to find a single small-form factor PC to build that I like. Some of the Shuttles almost work but they're still too big IMO and I'd still have to haggle and patch together the components to go inside. (All this stuff has to fit on top of a cherry nightstand.) I literally want to wake up, check email, or watch a "No Reservations" episode as I drift off to sleep. I can also envision wanting to SSH into the box as needed, which I do with regularity now with my main Windows 7 server at home. I like the form factor of the Mac mini and will wait until the imminent refresh if I do end up getting one. When looking at the iMac as the other Apple option, I wonder what happens to the cinema display once the mobo and processor become dated? Seems like such a waste just to chuck it all out. If I do end up down the Mac mini road, I then wonder if I need the 27" cinema display, which is what I'm leaning toward. I have been very hands-on and have built myself several PCs over the years. Obviously I'd like to spend as little as possible to achieve my modest goals for this set. Any insights?