Hi, I've only ever been using Mac laptops, but now I'm planning to get a new Mac and am opening up my range to everything. Since I've connected my laptop to my TV and never move it anymore, being portable is useless and besides I'm also planning on probably buying a tablet eventually that should serve me for any portable needs I need. So with my possibilities opened up, I am supremely confused! I had never even looked at other macs before. Just looking today, I'm realising there is a very cheap Mac Mini but don't know if it's strong enough, then there's an iMac, which I never knew the whole system is behind the screen so the screen is a must. That kind of sucks because I don't need a screen since I use my large TV screen. Then there's the Mac Pro which is too much. I'm hoping to spend no more than say $1500 or so but the less the better. One must for me is a faster processor and all that. Here's my current Macbook Pro specs: Macbook Pro 13" Late 2009 model Version 10.6.8 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 4 GB RAM NVIDIA GeForce 9400M Graphics Card Snow Leopard 160GB hard drive space Things I don't care about: More hard drive space. Mine is only 160GB now and of the new ones, the lowest is 500GB which should be plenty plenty enough for me. I'm confused by all the different possible processors across the different Apple products. Which is the best? Is the Intel on an iMac better than the Dual or Quads on the others since it is on an iMac? Or is it worse since it's not a Dual or Quad? It seems the better the processor, the smaller the GHz. So which is better? A better processor with less GHz or a lesser processor with more GHz? I've already decided I'm going to get 8GB Ram in whichever I decide on. Also, not totally necessary since I rarely use it, but a disc slot for DVDs and CDs would be nice as would a burner. Definitely not a top priority but do Mac Minis or iMacs even have a disc slot? What about all the different graphics cards? It seems each Apple product has a different graphics card? I surf the web a lot and Safari can be slow on my Macbook Pro now so I'd like that fixed. Also, I sometimes play games and am currently just starting Civ V, which is running horribly on my Macbook Pro. It's the main reason I've decided for an upgrade now. An Aspyr person told me that the 9400 graphics card is not a supported one for Civ V so that could be the problem. So I want one in my price range that will work the best for games, especially Civ V (oddly, the other game I play, Sims 3, works great on my Macbook Pro). On the Aspyr Civ V website, it lists recommended specs as: Intel Quad Core, 2.6 GHz, Video Memory VRAM of 512MB (how do I know how much each Apple product has? It's not on Apple website specs) and they list a bunch of supported graphics cards. Oddly, some of the Apple products video cards aren't listed, but I'm assuming they're the newer graphics cards that weren't initially tested with the game so should hopefully be fine. So my options seem to be some configuration of either an iMac, Mac Mini or Macbook Pro. On first glance, it seems an iMac may be more suited to what I want but I really don't know, and it having a screen as part of it is unnecessary to me since I use my tv as my monitor. What advice can you guys give me? Thanks!