Originally Posted by sog35
I'm coming from a 5 year old PC. I'm thinking of getting a MacMini base model $599.
A very nice machine but I'd wait for the Haswell version to come out which is hopefully soon. Why Haswell? Well for the GPU, which is vast improvement over what is in the Mini now. Well that depends upon which chip Apple actually selects but the point remains Intel has come a very long ways with respect to GPU performance in Haswell.
The only thing I do on my computer is web browse, excel, quickbooks, and music play. Will the base MacMini be fast enough?
Most likely it will be, even this years model. However do not underestimate the importance of a good GPU, apple uses the GPU extensively and frankly more with every Mac OS/X software update. Even things like Safari are GPU accelerated these days.
There is one gotcha here, well maybe two. One is that Excel on the Mac isn't exactly like Excel on the Windows machine. If you are a power user writing lots of scripts it can be a problem. With Quickbooks I have no experience so you will have to rely upon comments form other users.
How long does it take to boot up and start to use programs? I already have a screen so the iMac is out of the question. Just wondering if upgrading to faster CPU, fusion is worth it.
Fusion and more RAM before you think about a faster processor. Seriously RAM and Mac OS/X love each other. Fusion drive or just a plain old SSD makes for a far snappier machine. After spending all your cash on the fusion drive and the RAM you can use any excess you have for a faster CPU.
A side note here. Fusion drive or an SSD only for that matter, is wonderful in that it reduces the significant bottle neck to secondary storage. However if we are lucky Apple may put in a PCI Express slot in the next revision to support the same SSD's used in Apples other machines. These are far faster than SATA interfaced drives. This is speculation of course as I don't know the form of the next Mini, but I would think it is worth waiting for. It is probably more valuable than the GPU for the type of work you are looking at.