Maybe someone can give me some perspective here. I recently bought the new top spec Air as my day to day main system, it's a great machine, apart from two things. Viewing angles and graphics. I'm not complaining about these things really (well maybe the viewing angles a bit) because I knew what I was getting involved with. This idea was that I get the new thunderbolt display to go alongside it and that would be a sweet setup. Then I started thinking to myself, "But what if I want to game?". I just about never game, but knowing that the Air is so graphically weak, suddenly makes me miss insane poly pushing power. Go figure. So, I though the Mac Mini would be the answer to my desires. I could just switch the external display between laptop and mini and game away. But it turns out the mini is pretty weak in graphics as well. At least, it is weak enough to turn me off spending a fair bit of cash on it for only a reasonable upgrade from the Air. Why does it have to be so weak anyway? It's not like heat, space or battery life is a problem with the mini. They could have given the option of serious graphics option like in the iMac surely. So, I think maybe the iMac is the way to go. The top of the range iMac has some pretty serious power in it (although still 'M' series chipsets), enough for me, I can game on the iMac, and still use target display mode to hook the laptop up to the screen. Except, target display mode doesn't carry over any of the ports on the iMac, thus destroying the beauty of docking station approach given by the external thunderbolt display, and rendering my Air essentially portless. The price is ever increasing. I look at the Mac Pro, and choke on it's price, and discover it won't even work the external thunderbolt display. I don't want to spend entry level 2 grand on something that's going to depreciate furiously anyway. So I consider getting both iMac and external display. Hey, I can hook the external display to the iMac and have double monitor going on. I can run keyboard and mouse etc from external display, which should be picked up by both iMac and laptop when i switch thunderbolt cable. Expensive and totally unnecessary for my needs but quite cool! Except the alignment between iMac screen and external screen doesn't even match up. And that would just drive me crazy considering the thing would bankrupt me. Finally, with great frustration I consider getting a PC for gaming and rigging that to external thunderbolt display. I could live with Windows for gaming. More choice after all. But gaming PC's all seem large, noisy, ugly, and don't even have thunderbolt yet (and won't for months to come). So I'm **** out of luck, and frustrated and upset that there seems to be no perfect solution to my problem, despite the fact I'm willing to throw a fair bit of cash at it. I don't expect there to be a clean solution to the "external graphics card over thunderbolt" option to arrive anytime soon, and when it does, I doubt it would work cleanly with external display to carry ports over the thunderbolt etc. I don't know what to do really. Meh.