hi guys, haven’t posted here in forever! Was really hoping for refreshed imac but we know that didn’t happen. I need a desktop now, no more waiting. I have been using a late 2013 macbook pro with 8gb and 512ssd which i love and will continue to use. The storage is full. I do NOT want to use any external drives at all. I want all my data stored locally on my devices. I want the desktop i buy to be the hub that stores everything. Im not using icloud nor do i want to. My main uses are blogging, photo editing and non 4k video editing. I want the device to last at LEAST 5 yrs if not longer. My 2 two options using my work discount are: 2017 iMac 3.8ghz i5, 8gb ram( would update to 16 later on my own), 2tb fusion drive, magic mouse 2 and magic keyboard with numeric keypad= $2188 Or New mac mini 3.0hz 6 core i5, 8gb ram ( would update to 16 later on my own), 2tb ssd, 10gb ethernet= $2433 I would need to buy a keyboard and already have a cheap 22 inch 1080p monitor for the mac mini A cheaper third option is to buy a 1tb ssd for around $450 and have that hold me over for another year but if im gunna spend $400 i would just rather put it towards a new desktop. Based on my uses let me know. Please keep in mind i want at least 2tb onboard storage. Thanks Edited to add Sorry if i wasnt clear up front, i do use an external drive to back up using time machine once a week with my macbook pro. I would continue to back up using external drive on my desktop. But its out of sight when im done backing up. I dont want my data segmented across different storage devices thus i dont want to say put my photos on an external drive.