My story first: A year back I was in need for a "powerful" computer. I spent one year using 2011 i5 Macbook Air that my father borrowed me as my main rig because I lost my previous MBP. As everyone here I use my computer daily, 70 percent of the time for daily stuff but there comes a time every few weeks when I use my computer for video editing (HD, mostly SD but from various sources) and compositing (not that heavy stuff but I still like to have some overhead - mostly After Effects). Macbook Air surprised me that it handled some of the tasks well but I was constantly running out of memory and SSD space when in the middle of intensive session. I knew I needed something more robust and I set my mind on getting a desktop (I already have second-hand 15" MBP 2009 for my mobile needs). I was really looking forward to getting an iMac but wanted to wait for new models. After seeing them I didnt like it (I was aiming for low-end 27"), especially with new price hikes in EU (around 25 percent more). By that time I was already afraid of having AIO because of display issues (I already had 24" LCD anyway that I used with portables in clamshell mode). So I did a lot of research on Mac Pro's and started looking for Quad 2009 model. I was very lucky and got myself a pretty nice machine - used 2009 MP with upgraded CPU to Quad 2.93, 8GB of ECC RAM, ATI 5870 plus SSD drive with additional two platter drives for really really good price (around 1000 USD shipped). That was before Mac Pro's got banned here in EU haha Since then I put additional 2x500GB drives in there for RAID0 scratchdisk and replaced ECC memory with 32GB of DDR3 memory. Fast forward to present, I am happy with the machine, I have lots of room for everything, I never run out of memory, system is very fast and stable. So whats the problem you might ask? Its not really a problem, just a thought. I read a thread about energy-efficiency comparisons between MP and MM and started rethinking my computer use. After some conclusion I figured I'm fine with four core CPU (I thought about putting hex processor in MP but the price is too high for me). I was toying with the idea of putting GTX-style GPU inside to have some CUDA support (and maybe occasional gaming of 5-2 year old titles). I think I could get along with 16GB of RAM as well, the only time I hit the ceiling is when rendering something in AE that is intensive. I figured that I got myself MP mostly because of SATA ports, I guess I like having 5 drives in the box but then again, I read few articles and saw that USB3 nowadays is perfectly fine for 1080P ProRes editing so my two 500GB in RAID0 are cool but maybe its too much (?). 1080P is the biggest video size I use anyway (AVCHD in Premiere Pro from my Olympus Pen camera), I don't think I'll be doing anything bigger than that in foreseeable future (maybe 4K when that gets mainstream in 5 years). I mean I dont mind having externals around. I already have corded keyboard, USB audio interface, webcam and UPS connected to MP (along with one external drive and ethernet). I guess I would be fine with single USB3 drive as scratchdisk and another external for my CCC backups (of course I would put additional SSD inside mini for OS). It would be nice to have something with small footprint, energy efficiency and whatnot. On the other hand I'm that kind of a guy who likes to have overhead because from time to time I have like 20 apps launched at once (and of those are Premiere with project loaded and After Effects rendering in background perhaps, Photoshop on top and some other stuff) - but this happens once or twice a month and this usage is sustained for only 2-3 days. TLDR: I was wondering if any of you "stepped down" from Mac Pro to newer Mac mini (quadcore) and what were the reasons. How are you feeling with Mac mini compared to your former Pro, do you feel limited? Are there times you wished you had Mac Pro? (sigh) I guess Im the type of customer who would really like the New Mac Pro if it had a reasonable price in base config (around 1700-2000 USD including taxes).