I'm currently in high school and, Ive been thinking about getting a Mac for awhile but, they prices are bit high so I put it off countless times. My friend told me about the mac minis and, after looking at them I became very excited because the price was good and, it takes up to virtually no space. I happen to be really into art(I plan to goto art school) and, I have my heart set on getting this but, I'm worried about a few things: Will the mac mini be able to run photoshop,gimp and blender without any/little lag? Will I be able to use a tablet without any hassle? Can I use my old dell 17" LCD monitor or will I need a apple one? Should I get a external hard drive or will 80GB be enough for simple photoshop/blender use? I also heard that they might update the mac specs, would this cause the price of the current mac mini to drop a significant amount in price?