Hey everyone, I haven't posted in ages but these forums have been a very helpful resource over the years. Now I'm hoping to get some advice from you guys on a new setup. Sorry if this is the wrong forum for this kind of post. The idea: A setup I can somewhat ease into (financially) and is somewhat modular/upgradeable/future-proof. Current setup: - Early-2011 MacBook Pro 17-inch - Pretty standard 1080p IPS LG display - External USB 2.0 drive for photo storage - External USB 2.0 drive for Time Machine (backs up laptop and photo drive) Proposed setup to start: - New Mac Mini with 2.3GHz i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSD - New external drive for photos - New external drive for time machine Eventual upgrades: - More RAM - External GPU - Nicer display Questions: - Does the basic idea of this setup make sense? - How exactly should I deal with external storage? > Perhaps SSD for a "working drive" and hard disk for time machine? Should one or both of these be Thunderbolt? > Do I even need two separate external drives or can I somehow do storage and backup with one unit? As you can see the area I'm having most trouble with is storage -- but also feel free to suggest other ideas entirely, e.g. iMac-based setup. Thanks in advance! Edit: I am mostly doing photo work (Lightroom, Photoshop) on this machine. Some video and 3D work but I can use my work PC for that if needed.