number 2 is good news. people should be able to upgrade hardware on their own without voiding the warranty. I plan to buy a mini soon and I am going to upgrade its internal hd to a 7200rpm with 8mb buffer and upgrade the ram to 1GB. I plan on turning the original drive into an external since 2.5" fw/usb2 cases are so cheap now. not sure yet if i'm getting the 1.25 or the 1.42 model.
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Mac mini C2D 1.83GHz - 2GB RAM - 200GB 7200rpm HD
Sawtooth w/G4 1GHz - 1GB RAM - SIIG SATA w/2x1TB HD
B&W w/G4 600MHz - 1GB RAM - 2x80GB HD
Sawtooth G4 400MHz - 512MB RAM - 40GB HD
Dell Ultrasharp 2007WFP 20" Widescreen LCD
2.94TB Total Storage