I've already come to a similar conclusion. For my uses, ie. Final Cut Pro X, transcoding, converting..., a quadcore-mini is probably the best bang for the buck. And since I've already got enough external HD's, I can opt for the 256 GB SSD to keep things snappy. I'll opt for 8 GB, and later on if I see the need, expand for 16 GB. Since I don't use my mac mini for playback and neither for gaming, the better equipped GPU that Iris offers over HD 4000, won't be needed.