I bought a new computer the other day. I have been needing to replace my old system for about three years. Last week, the work-around-pc I have been using started to fail. First I got system errors, then major Windows OS failures, and today, hard drive whining. The latter got me off my duff to back up my files, especially my school files. I had already invested in a new monitor last week, so on Friday, I bought a new computer from Apple.
I still need to purchase some accessories and software, which I will do next week. One of the reasons I went with the Mini was to be able to upgrade as I could afford it. I can add up to 8GB of RAM for $59.00. I will do this in a couple weeks, and with the extra memory, Netfix and other graphic intensive programs should be happy. I can also add a second hard drive via USB or when a Thunderbolt drive is released, use one. I will need to purchase a Super Drive so I have a CD/DVD. The new version of the Mini doesn't come with one. I don't really mind. I price shopped and to get a similar configuration with HDMI support, graphics and an i5 processor, I was still going to be in the $600-700 price range. The Mini is comparable to the HP P7 I was considering over at Office Max.
The biggest need I will have is Office and watching Netflix. This computer is in my bedroom, and will do double-duty as a TV. I needed something very small, very quiet, and easy to use. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase, and I can't wait to get it up and running (tomorrow).