I waited until the new minis were announced as I wanted to set up a home theatre in my apartment. I will hook it up to my 55" Samsung UDHD TV. Programs I will use: Sick Beard uTorrent Plex Media Server Maybe ESPN3/stream sports via Internet/Websites Is the $499 model ok for my needs? I will get an external HDD for storage. Or should I try to grab a 2012 model from some of the stores here in Dubai? Edit: I have an old Aluminum MacBook - will the 256GB SSD I bought work with the old 2012 Mini? Basically all I will be doing is auto downloading my shows, running Plex Media Server, and playing the tv shows on the Plex Player. I have a MacBook Pro Retina for all my computing needs (photo editing, video, photoshop etc).