Hi guys. I'm a long time reader of the forums, but never registered, until now. I just graduated with my bachelors degree a couple of months ago, and started a new job recently. These are two things I was waiting on before I bought myself a new computer. The computer I used during college was: 2.0GHz MacBook (late 2007) (MB061LL/B) 2 GB RAM Computer is older, and obviously slower, but I still use it on occasion for daily tasks and what not. I just hate that I can't upgrade to the newest OS and take advantage of newer software. So that's why I am here. I always imagined I would go iMac, but I can't justify the price, and I already have a 32" 1080p monitor I could use with a mini etc. I've been waiting and waiting on a Mini update, but the more I read the more I am afraid. I fear a new mini will eliminate some of the things I love and use: firewire port, and the ability to expand RAM on your own. (in lieu of flash on motherboard, flash memory...etc) For the most part I imagine I will only use the mini for everyday tasks. The most intensive tasks I imagine I would impose on the machine would be some video converting, Photoshop/ImageReady/InDesign use, and using as a Plex server from time to time. Other than that its just going to be a man cave desktop. What I want help on is, will the late 2012 mini be ok for me? I want it to last me at least 4 years, and not "feel" slow or clunky. This is the machine I was imagining creating: Mac Mini 2.6 Quad Core i7 1 TB fusion drive and then upgrade the RAM to 16 GB myself. Any help would be appreciated. I just can't decide. Like I said, I want to wait, but I am sick of waiting... and I fear the upgrade will actually take away things I want, and not increase the machine's power for what I need it for anyways. (and being that I want to create this machine on apple, because I can't get a 2.6 quad with Fusion at Best Buy, or other stores...once the new one is released the old one is no longer customizable to order from apple....) Thanks again guys! P.S. And oh, I imagine it HAS to feel MUCH better, but how much better would the 2012 Mini feel in comparison to my 2007 Macbook?