So I was running a fully-loaded 2012 Mac mini for nearly a year when I finally decided to spring for one of the new 2013 27" iMacs. I just couldn't wait any longer for Apple to release a Thunderbolt display with the same thin design and lamination technology as the iMacs. With the 2013 iMacs finally allowing for a reasonably priced 256GB SSD option (PCIe at that!), it became a sensible proposition. So I got the base 27" with 3.2 GHz i5 CPU and GT 755M 1GB GPU. The odd part is that the CPU on this machine is on-par or weaker than my old Mac mini's 2.6 GHz i7. The Core i7-3720QM in the mini turbo boosts up to 3.6 GHz (4+4 virtual cores) and so does the Core i5-4570 in my new iMac (4 natural cores). The only difference is that my new CPU now runs at 3.2 all the time. Would that really make it feel faster? The GeekBench scores of the Mac mini are ~3,000 points are higher than my new iMac but does this really matter? Day-to-day I haven't really noticed much of a difference. I don't game nor do I engage in heavy AV processing. So this might be a moot point to begin with. But would it have been worth it to pay another ~$200 (education pricing) and get the upgraded 27" with the 3.4 GHz i5 and the GTX 775M 2GB GPU just to know I had lapped my old mini in terms of performance? Boxing this unit up and returning it and getting another one would be a hassle, but what I care about is value. I want to know I've bought a machine that's better than the last one I was using. The fact that my old mini's CPU had some muscle (for a decent price) may just have been an interesting quirk in the 2012-2013 product line-up. I get the feeling that I'm overpaying for the integration and design of the iMac, but I'm OK with that as long as I've brought home the right one (w/ the right upgrades). What do you guys think? PS The SSD is so wicked fast now with the PCIe bus it's just blowing my mind. That alone may have been worth it, as disk I/O determines a lot of what we interpret as speediness. It's ridiculous to think they still sell these high-end desktops with mechanical hard drives as standard kit. What a waste.