I'm wondering what the most practical situation would in this case. I'm seriously considering getting a mac mini for myself now, and I've almost got enough money saved up to do it. I work on website design, light gaming (left for dead - but my games are mainly on xbox), listen to music, and do digital painting. So it's not going to be extremely taxing, but I like a fairly snappy experience. The two configurations I've been eyeing have been: 2.66ghz mac mini server edition - bringing it up to 8gb of RAM, and then buying an external disc drive. The advantage here is 1tb of drive space at the faster 7200rpm drives without actually having to open it up and do a HD switch. 2.66ghz mac mini standard, opening it up and replacing the HD with a SSD and also adding the 8gb of ram, and adding a 1tb FW external HD. Both options look like they'll be about a $1000 to do. Do you really think the SSD will perform all that much faster to bother with the all the extra customizations? Or will the server edition feel just as fast when actually working on my programs? I've heavily considered just waiting to see if a refresh occurs - I'd just hate to wait until January to buy it, and then in March or so a refresh happens. That do you guys think?