First post. Hello All, In 2013 I abandoned my Windows laptops for a early 2013 rMBP w/ 2.4Ghz i7 Quad Core, 8Gb ram and 256SSD. Later upgraded to 500 Gb SSD. Now I am ready to replace my home built 2009 Windows desk top. Looking at a late 2012 Mac Mini. Interested in the MM for the ability to upgrade ram and storage. Have been reading a lot about the mini on this site and others. Sounds like what I am looking for since I have all the peripherals and a 500Gb SSD to go into it. While I probably don't really need the quad core, I would like to keep up with the strength of my laptop. I frequently have a Windows 10 session open via VMware while having Safari, Mac for Excel, Mail and iTunes playing on El Capitan. There are a lot more 2.3 i7s for sale than the 2.6 i7s. Is there much difference between the two? With what I am doing would a 2.5Ghz i5 dual core be zippier because my use won't benefit from the quad core? I've always leaned towards the more power and overkill is better thinking but in this case I have more purchase options if I went with the 2.3 Ghz i7. Even more if you all said anything more than the 2.5 i5 was extreme overkill. Appreciate any and all advise.