Hi, I was hoping to get some advice and discussion going about what to replace my macbook with. Usage For the last 6/7 years I have used my Macbook to its absolute maximum load and upgrading the components every couple of years for educational use. This includes photoshop, aperture, 2D/ 3D CAD modelling/drawing, indesign etc... I have now completed my course (Architecture, UK), bought an apartment and got a job. I now intend to use a new mac set up as a desktop, running 24/7 as a media server (iTunes, Plex), as well as the occasional use on light photo editing (18mp RAW) and other things. I have a large number of high capacity hard drives used for archiving and media storage so more USB 3.0 ports would be useful (I am currently running from one macbook USB). Current Specs - Very happy with this machine Macbook Unibody (Late 2008) 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo P8600 Processor 8GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM 250GB Samsung EVO 840 SSD 500GB 5400rpm HDD (Secondary, in CD Drive Place) NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256MB Graphics Desired/ Minimum/ Comparable Specs Processor: Slight improvement appreciated (single threaded performance) RAM: 8GB 1600MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM Hard Drive: SSD? (but not sure how much I'll be able to cope with a HDD) Any slight improvement in graphics (Would be good to future proof with ability to run 4k tv/monitor) I also intent to purchase an iPad (/pro) when the new ones launch in 4 months and upgrade my iPhone 5s at the same time. Processor Benchmark Comparison Link to source (Single thread score in brackets) 2008 Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz P8600 - 1558 (947) 2014 i5 1.4Ghz>TB>2.7Ghz 4260U - 3620 (1543) / +63% increase in single threaded tasks 2014 i5 2.6Ghz>TB>3.1Ghz 4278U 4303 (1689) / +78% increase in single threaded tasks Summary So really I just want to kind of trade my current macbook for a slightly improved lower power desktop machine which I can leave on and serve its purpose but do not want to drop any performance. I also do not want to spend more than my machine is currently worth (£500 budget maximum) So I am looking at a Mac Mini. I still get HE Edu Discount. What do you recommend? How much difference will an SSD/ Fusion make against the HDD? (I certainly won't pay £180 more for the fusion) How quickly does the 1.4Ghz i5 scale up to its 2.7Ghz turbo boost? (for all tasks?) How hard is it to replace the HDD with an SSD in the new Mac Mini?