I've been thinking about this for a long time. I hate my G4 iMac. It looks great and all, but it's in our living room, and the fans make too much noise. A long time I thought about getting a used cube, since it's fanless. But that won't hold up powerwise anymore. So now I'm eyeing the mini. What I'm thinking is I would exchange its harddrive for a flash-drive. It wouldn't be big... 8 gigs maybe. And then I could have an external hdd I could turn on if I wanted to watch a movie or something. (Alternatively, I could stream the content from my old iMac in another room, using bonjour.) Then there's still the fan. I know a lot of you will say it doesn't make much noise. At least I know the Macbook makes too much noise. If you can hear difference with it being on or off, it's too much imo. I'm a musician, so my ears are very often processing all the different sounds around me, and the fan noise is often annoying. One option I've been thinking of, is downclocking the processor so it'll develop less heat. Because the fans are heat-regulated, right? I'm wondering if this is at all possible, and how much I'd have to downclock the Mini. Would putting a core solo in there help? Or should I wait for the next gen portable processor? I don't remember the name now, but seem to remember it develops less heat. Even if I don't get it totally silent, at least it'll be much better than the noise my current iMac puts out. (fans aren't heat-regulated either - always at full speed.) Your thoughts on this are warmly welcomed.