gonna have to disagree there, always spend more on stuff you cant upgrade urself later, ram is upgradable and its cheaper if you do it urself later.
i would opt for the 1k i7 256gb ssd option. i believe thats the best bang for the buck.
Back in early 2013 I have purchased my 13" MBPR with 3.0GHZ i7 512GB SSD and only 8 GB of RAM. Today I am still doing work on the same computer but I do feel that more RAM would be welcome.
I have added eGPU and I can add external storage, both reasonably fast and the SSD so I am totally with you on this.
A new MM should be maxed out (specially if you wanna keep it for a while) the remaining budget should go towards the storage and keep your MM at 8GB of RAM until you can justify the total price of your MM + adding the RAM upgrade.
If you ask me, I would go for i7 / 256GB / 8GB / APP+ and add more ram myself if it does not void warranty.
If adding RAM does void warranty I would go with i7 / 128 / 16GB APP+ and then run the external storage SSD on TB3.
F train wrote:
"If I like what I see, and the store has a mini with an i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and 512GB of flash storage, I'll purchase it on the spot."
You're NOT going to find an i7-equipped Mini "on display on the table" in any Apple Stores, Manhattan or anywhere else.
I've bought an i7 MBPR BTO machine in Apple store in Houston. It was there, just as I wanted it. Couldn't leave the store without it!