As the 2012 minis seems to be the best bang for the buck right now I'm getting one while they are still some left. I have a hard time deciding which one though. It's either the 2,5 i5 dual core or the The most CPU intensive tasks I will be using it for on a regular basis is music production in Logic Pro and photo editing in Lightroom and Photoshop. My main reason for buying it is because I'm tired of the constant fan noise from my MBP when connected to my thunderbolt display, even when just browsing the web. I know the Mini isn't silent under heavy load, but it seems like the threshold for the fan kicking in is much higher. So low noise is the no 1 priority. But I wouldn't say no to a performance boost either. Especially not in the photo editing department. I know the i7 is almost twice as powerful at multi core tasks, but it's also almost twice the money. And if it will run hotter and be more noisy then I'm not sure if it's worth the performance gain. Does anyone have any experience of both the i5 DC and the i7 QC when it comes to heat and fan noise? I've only used the i5 and I know that it can run at mid load for quite some time before the fan ramps up. Not sure about the i7 though.