Hey, all. New poster here. I could really use some advice regarding my plan to get a new Mac. I have a unibody 13" MacBook from October 2008, before Apple redubbed them "MacBook Pro" in July of 2009. Ever since the "Retina" displays were implemented in iPhones, I had been anxiously awaiting their implementation into iMacs. Figured by the time that happened I would be due for an upgrade. Several years later, and my waiting (sort of) paid off. I was excited when the Retina iMacs got announced, but also sort of let down by the internals. There was a ton of concern circulating regarding how powerful the Retina iMacs are and how much room there is for improvement before they're finally the machines a Retina iMac "should" be. It seems that once they came out, reviews of the machines weren't as bad as expected, but I'm still really concerned about the life of one of them. I typically get a new computer with the goal of making it last me 5 years. I'm concerned that the Retina iMac in its current form won't get me that. However, I really desperately need to replace my MacBook. My current MacBook has difficulty running, and I desperately need to clean it up, and combine data from mine and my fiancee's MacBook to one shared desktop. That's when I landed on the idea of getting a sort of "loner" computer to use for a year or two. Buy a Mac, do all my organizing so it's exactly what I want it to be, use it until the Retina iMacs get a solid upgrade, and sell it for a Retina. I have a 27" HDTV/monitor, keyboard, and a mouse, so a Mac Mini seemed like a perfect fit. However, the 2014 Mac Mini has been getting completely panned. For just a few hundred more, I could get a 21" iMac that is FAR better... But a few hundred dollars more means I'm spending $1500-1700 for a computer that I'm only planning on using for 1 or 2 years *tops*. Seems like a waste of money when I could spend $1000-1200 on a Mac Mini that basically does what I want it to do. I would also have to take resale value into consideration. The computer will mainly be used for Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, and your average internet browsing and streaming. Though, I'd like to be able to play some computer games. (I have a PS4 so it would mostly be random Indie stuff. No Triple-A, graphically-intensive games). TL;DR I need a new computer. I wanted a Retina iMac but would rather wait 1 or 2 years until they upgrade them a little more. I need a loner computer for: Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, general browsing, and non-graphically-intensive gaming. Mac Mini or iMac? Thanks in advance for any advice you're able to give!