Don't flame me too hard, I'm only back to Macs five months after a 13 year vacation. Those days in the 90's just got too dark and scary for a young guy with limited resources... I have a 27" i7 with 8 gigs, and a MBP 13", but a thought just struck me that as I am thinking of adding a file/media server at some point, why not just a refurb 27" Core 2 Duo, and run it as a second monitor to the i7, and have it serve, do time machine etc in the background? Would that be possible? It's just and idea. I have no idea if the video card could drive that many pixels, if the iMac could give up it's monitor to another Mac whilst in operation, and if such a configuration is even possible. Comments?