I'm not certain if this is the correct forum but according to search results this question hasn't been asked before. Problem: I need faster Mac because my current Mac Mini 2014 with i5 2.6 processor is choking when under load, I need faster processor with more cores, preferable 4-6 because anything more will be wasted and too expensive. Software uses constantly both cores and Mini is very slow. Only reason I originally purchased this model was because 2012 was sold out everywhere. GPU is irrelevant for the software I use. Solution: Mac Mini 2012 with i7 processor or Mac Pro 2009 4 core. I have ruled out iMac and all Macbook models because 1. I don't need portability 2. I have to keep budget reasonable and 3. I am not impressed with Apples decision to solder and glue everything making upgrades almost impossible. Originally I planned to purchase Mac Mini 2012 i7 but after looking through used Mac sellers, Amazon, eBay, etc. it seems Mac Mini 2012 i7 prices are ridiculous and I could get a base model Mac Pro 2009 cheaper. I already have SSD so I would only have to upgrade RAM which is quite cheap. Questions: 1. Which one is better value? I would prefer to keep it for about 5 years to minimise my spending. Based on my research Mac Pro has definitely room to grow as my needs will likely change to more demanding in the next 1-2 years. Mac Mini would be enough for now but I am not certain for how long because of limited RAM and processor compared to Mac Pro. 2. Assuming I would purchase Mac Pro I would like to eventually upgrade processor to W3680 or W3690 model. However I haven't done any processor upgrades before and after reading Apple service Manual for 2009 model I am not certain if I can do it without damaging the components. I would like opinion from someone who has actually done such as an upgrade as to its feasibility? 3. What would be best way to purchase Mac Mini or Mac Pro in EU? I have looked most major used Mac sellers but I'm certain I have likely missed some. Purchasing outside of EU isn't practical because of shipping and taxes. Its very hard to find either model locally because they are in great demand. Thanks for any insight.