I need some advice.... I have been wanting a mac now for a good year or so after purchasing my iphone and ipad over a year ago and would love to experience what apple has to offer in the desktop environment. I held out buying a mini because there was a rumour that one would be released soon, because of this I held out buying one. Now it's been updated and I am somewhat torn between fishing around for the old base 2012 model, buying the base model 2014 or forking out for the mid range model. Now I already have a gaming PC that plays all games very well and because of this I don't need a powerhouse of a mac mini machine, I can turn to my PC if/when I need to. What I want from my mac mini is to last for a good few years, receive the latest updates and use it as my main driver for general media consumption, mail, browsing and the infrequent/occasional photo edits (hobby when I get a chance to leave house). What ever model I intend to get I will be installing my own SSD drive either via interally or USB3 which is doable with the right hardware (people keep saying it's not, but I have seen/read it done and know someone who does it). Because I am used to building gaming rigs my head is usually K processor and 8GB ram at least - But when I try and tone things down and think about just general media consumption on a mac I get confused about the low specs to what I am used too. Now I know the RAM is now soldered and probably opening it up voids the warranty which is a total bummer, but I was surprised apple allowed this on their so called "entry model" so even though it's now not doable kinda sucks, I didn't have the previous or a mac to even care too much. Now what do I buy? (will add my own SSD to any one) Mac Mini 2012 2.5GHz (3.1GHz) 4GB RAM HD4000 500GB HDD ~£450 It seems like you can't get this cheap yet because it was the "last true mini" so cost is basically between the new base and middle 2014 models, also from reputable ebay users or websites (some very cheap dodgy ones around). Also do you think this model will be kept uptodate with mac updates in the future? Might be able to get one from refurb store for alot cheaper, but mini's are always far apart and hardly the baseline model, and they go blazing fast from past experience. Mac Mini 2014 1.4GHz (2.7GHz) 4GB RAM HD5000 500GB HDD £375 (I get a employee rate scheme discount across apple) Mac Mini 2014 2.6GHz (3.1GHz) 8GB RAM 1TB HDD £535 (looks like the old base model with more space/ram for extra £35 without the upgrade-ability of RAM) Now I can afford the base line 2014 model easily and can justify spending that amount of money to get my first mac. The only way I can't justify it if that the specs are just too low to do anything....but apple would release a machine that wasn't apple to work right?? Also going anything higher than the base 2014 mac mini will cause the wrath of my wife, if I go higher the trade off has to be perfect (lol). Like I said, I have my PC here for the heavy lifting I just generally want to get my first mac and do: General browsing (day to day) Mail Media Consumption Photoshop/Lightroom (light/infrequent edits, love to play around every so often with camera if I get the chance) What do you guys think? I don't want opinions based on hatred for the new mac not being upgradable and saying just buy the late 2012 model just out of spite, I need some general advice please.... Thank you in advance!