Hey gang, first post. Just wanted to throw down my idea for the Mini I plan on ordering this weekend (Education discount and tax-free weekend). Uses for the mini will be to complete my research in Computational Fluid Dynamics. I do a lot of coding/data editing and my 2008 white macbook is maxed out. Here's what I plan on buying from Apple: -Mac Mini -2.7 GHz i7 upgrade -4 GB RAM -500 GB 5400 RPM HDD Here's what I plan on upgrading on my own: -8 GB RAM most likely from newegg or OWC -240 GB 6G SSD from OWC Here's how I plan on installing Lion to the SSD: -I already have a 2008 White MacBook with Snow Leopard and purchased Lion -I already made a bootable USB drive with Lion on it -I plan on installing the SSD clean and booting Lion from the USB drive -I then plan on using the stock HDD for my time machine backups So there's my plans. I'd like to hear opinions on any of the decisions that may seem like a bad idea, or any better ideas than the ones I put forth.