Mac Mini Server: Any reason I will be unhappy with it as a desktop? I plan to Raid 0 the drives to make a 1GB drive and just turn off any server daemons.
Here's my situation. I have a 4-year-old iMac that I would like to replace. I find the all-in-one pretty wasteful, having to throw away a perfectly good monitor just because the CPU is outdated, so I'm getting a Mac mini. The server model is the only one with a quad-core chip, and it also has the 7200 rpm drives, which I would like as well.
Previous Mac Mini Server models did not come with iLife, but I have confirmed that it does now
. The graphics are the integrated Intel HD 3000, but both Starcraft and Portal 2 officially support that chip, so I'm fine on that front. Mainly I want to improve my iMovie editing and export experience, and the quad core seems ideally suited to that.
My main worry is that there's some sort of configuration boondoggle awaiting me. Will it go to sleep with the screensaver, etc.? I plan to use none of the server software, but I don't want it slowing me down either.