I'm a full-time professional photographer, I shoot weddings and need a desktop that can perform well for photo editing. I'm thinking about getting the current 2012 Mac Mini and basically maxing it out. I'd get the 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7, install aftermarket RAM, and I'd opt for apple to include their 256GB Solid State Drive. After considering my priorities, I just need a machine that can run blazingly fast in the following mission-critical applications: Lightroom 4.x, Photoshop, PhotoMechanic, and InDesign (for wedding albums). The Mac Mini is attractive because I have a good monitor that I already like, and my current editing machine (a 2007 white macbook) is having trouble performing in those apps, especially Lightroom. Ideally, I'd like Lightroom to be completely "fluid" and cut the lag when switching between photos in the develop module as much as possible, and have near-instant results when adjusting the sliders, etc. Also, I'm using an external firewire drive to store my photos— the Lacie 2Big, which has a 3TB drive with my photos and another 3TB drive acting as it's clone in RAID1 configuration. I connect to the drive via firewire 800 but it also has a USB 3.0 slot. Any idea which one is best for my intended use? If maximum performance is my ultimate priority, should I be considering an upgrade to their Thunderbolt series instead? Also, a quick question on the monitor setup: I use a 24" IPS monitor (the HP LP2475w) because color accuracy is also important to me. HP now has a 30" IPS monitor that I'd like to eventually add, and run a dual monitor setup (24" on the side and 30" in front of user) Anything I should know about running a dual monitor setup with the Mac Mini? I know on my macbook, I can only run one or have one color-profile for the system, are there any limiting factors on the Mac Mini for two monitor setups? Additionally, I will need to consider options for cleaning up, and stabilizing the power to the computer and harddrives, such as a uninterrupted power supply (UPS). I may also need to add surge protection for any physical connections to my system. Any advice here would be greatly appreciated. I'd appreciate any comments, feedback, and advice with regard to building this photo-editing system.