Lurker, but first time poster here. I'm currently using a first-gen 15 in. MacbookPro from 2006 (2.0 Ghz Intel Core Duo, 1.5 GB RAM) as my main hub; however, it is on its last legs. Which means it is time for a new computer. Since the MBP has not left my desk since about 2009, I figure a desktop is appropriate for my needs. I have an iPad that I use most often (e.g., on the couch, when traveling) and a work laptop that I use if I need to do work while traveling. These factors lead me to believe a desktop is in order. I will be using the machine mainly as a media hub (running Plex, itunes etc.), remotely accessing work's system (likely through virtual machine like Parallels), and as a base system to be accessed remotely from my iPad (using Splashtop). I'll also do some basic video and photo editing, but nothing major. As evidenced by my prior usage, I tend to keep computers for a really long time, and like to future proof them as best as possible. With that in mind, I'm currently thinking of getting a 2.6 quad core mac mini with Fusion Drive. With regard to the processor, is the 2.6 worth the upgrade compared to the 2.3 with my planned use-case? Also, with regard to the Fusion Drive, I know i can get a SSD cheaper and swap it in but it seems to me that after the cost of the SSD, an external enclosure for the 1TB HDD, and the tools, plus the hassle of opening up the machine and the potential risk involved, it makes sense to pay the approximate $100 premium to apple to have it already done and case integrated and backed by warranty. Am I wrong? I will also upgrade the RAM to 16 GB from Crucial because RAM is cheap and in my experience given significant boosts to the performance of machines. I should also mention that I'll be able to get the Apple friends and family discount on the machine, so costs are lessened by about 15%. All in all, is this machine overkill for my needs? Will these planned upgrades help eek out more life on my machine years down the road? Am I foolish for choosing the Fusion Drive? Your knowledge base is much appreciated.