Hi, I'm new here, about to switch, and I thought I could get some help from you in choosing the right Mac for me. I've been using windows systems all my life, and I'm fed up with windows for various reasons. Right now I 've got a HP ze4125 notebook, which never gave me serious hardware trouble (apart from the combo drive which now only reads CDs). I think what annoys me the most is trying to keep the system in good shape (clean up files, virus+spyware free etc). Apart from the usual stuff (browsing+mail, playing music etc), I regularly use MSoffice (including large excel files), and I also have a LaTeX system for producing my own written work. Occasionally, I work with datasets and statistics. I don't think I qualify as a gamer - the only games I've played from time to time are championship manager, tropico, simcity, pirates, blitzkrieg and cossacks. Now, the choice is between the mini and the iMac. I would pay the extra money and go for the iMac, because it's a more advanced system and should last longer. But I 'm worried about the display problems. I've now read a lot about it but still can't figure out how serious it is and how likely I am to have this kind of problem. Overall, how reliable is the iMac? On the other hand, the mini so far looks more reliable, but will it be ok for what I'm doing? I've read the HD is a bit slow, and this in theory could be a problem when I work with large files (I often do). Any thoughts? Thanks a lot!