12-13-2012, 09:32 PM
I'm primarily saying iMac because the prices for "Option A" and Option B" are fairly close. If a good deal of $$$ were being saved by getting the Mac-Mini (and the OP was concerned about the budget)…then I would happily say Mac-Mini.
To me…the most important part of a new computer purchase is the actual computer hardware (cpu speed, max. ram, graphics hardware)…since these (except of the ram) cannot be upgraded later.
A fancy monitor and an SSD are not so "handy"…if the computer doesn't have the horsepower to get things done (or done 2-3 years down the road).
OP seems to be very "keen" on getting the best cpu (both units have been upgraded from stock)…which leads me to believe they want & can afford the fastest model possible. Thus graphics hardware should be considered in this equation as well.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Mac-Mini
…but since the price of "Option A" and "Option B" are so close (and both include a 27" monitor in the setup)…and neither is a laptop (so portability/mobility isn't an issue)…there's definitely more "bang for the buck" with the 27" iMac (the iMac's dedicated graphics is a BIG difference & much added value).
That dedicated graphics may come in real handy in the future…many of our computing needs can change over time…or outside computing influences can require more graphics horsepower over time.