I am going to purchase a mini to use as a server at home. I am planning on using it for TM backups for 4 Macs, af possible Minecraft server for the kids, and a home automation server for Homeseer or Indigo. Maybe some distributed computing project with the extra CPU cycles... External storage will be the OWC Thunderbay 4 RAID with Soft Raid. Thought on the following: 2012 i7 Quad core OR 2014 i5 2.6 (or i7 3.0) + 256M flash + 16 GB ram Speced out this way they are about the same price. Thanks for the advice.