I bought a: Late 2012 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Mac Mini w/ 16 GB Crucial RAM 1 TB (5400-rpm) hard drive Intel HD 4000 w/ 768 MB VRAM + Mediasonic Probox 4-Bay USB 3.0 HDD enclosure w/ (2) 3 TB (7200-rpm) hard drives Coming from a: Late 2008 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Unibody MacBook 8 GB OWC RAM 160 GB (5400-rpm) hard drive NVIDIA 9400M w/ 256 MB VRAM I use it for: Safari Surfing with dozens of tabs Packing/Unpacking hundreds of archives (RARs) Ripping vinyl albums to .Wav Encoding those albums to ALAC through XLD Ripping a DVD collection with Handbrake Transferring the music and movies to the external HDD Digesting all that media Bottom Line: 0 regrets. Maybe I'll upgrade to a DIY Fusion Drive sometime in the next year; but, ignorance is bliss and, having never played with an SSD before, the supplied HDD isn't even close to holding me back from a great experience. This is the greatest Mac I have ever had the pleasure of using. It is amazingly fast, and burns through my encodes I'd say at about 4x-5x the speed of my previous Mac. I can encode four albums in the time it would take my old MacBook to encode just one. I connect the Mini to my monitor with a mini-displayport to HDMI cable, which, surprisingly, also transfers audio! So for casual watching/listening I can just use the monitor's (crappy) speakers, and then switch to my Focals when I'm jonesin' for some high-fidelity. All in all, a great buy and I believe the beginning of a smooth transition away from laptop computing, wherein my Mini serves as a base station and an iPad (potential March 2013 purchase) provides mobility. Laptops no longer have any utility to me. The Mini ($799) + RAM Upgrade ($79) + 6 TB External HDD ($320) + base model iPad ($499) = $1697 or 1 13" MacBook Pro Retina or iMac I've done the math and, for my usage, this package is far better than the rMBP and iMac.