24" iMac C2D or 1.83 Mac Mini w/ 23" ACD?

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  1. DVNIEL macrumors 6502a

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    I'm looking to get a second computer, but I've run into a little choice dilemma. I'm considering one of two options:

    - 24" iMac Core 2 Duo (2.16gHz Core 2 Duo)

    or

    - Mac Mini (1.83gHz Core Duo) with a 23" Apple Cinema Display

    If you could give advice and why, it would be a big help. Thanks again guys
     
  2. IEatApples macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I think we need some clues as to what you'll be using it for?
     
  3. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Uh...what? That doesn't even seem like much of a choice. The 24" iMac is faster, has more storage space, dedicated graphics, has a larger, brighter display, and will result in fewer wires running around your desk. No contest...the iMac.
     
  4. daneoni macrumors G4

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  5. spyderracer393 macrumors regular

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    I would probably go with the Mac Mini and the Cinema dispalay because, although it wouldn't be quite as fast, you could you the cinema display with your MBP too. In the future you would be able to sell the Mac Mini and reuse the Cinema display, whereas with the iMac you would lose the display.

    Let us know what your final decision is.
     
  6. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Tough one,

    if you are doing any graphics work then iMac.

    If any speed work then iMac.

    However i would really consider the mini as per the logic above.

    Really need more information about what you are wanting to do with it.
     
  7. DVNIEL thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    More Info

    sorry guys I should have said what im using it for. Well I'm going to be making several webpages for my family's different businesses. So that entails a lot of photo editing and rendering, and I want a big screen to help view these webpages at different resolutions since most consumers these days have big ol' monitors now. I'll also be doing some audio editing if my friend's need my help with their music stuff.

    The last reason, I know that its a no brainer for the iMac, but the ACD would help a lot of if I need to do a dual screen with my MBP if I ever needed it. Okay, hope that helps guys.
     
  8. IEatApples macrumors 6502a

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    My guess is that the MBP can take care of the CPU-hungry stuff if need be.
    So I would go with the Mini & ACD combo. :)
     
  9. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    Why not just hook up a big monitor to the MBP?
     
  10. xJulianx macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly what I was about to post, sounds like your MBP will cater for everything that you want to do. If HD space is going to be an issue, just get an external HD.
     
  11. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    23" ACD + Mini = $1600
    24" iMac = $1999
    30" ACD = $1999
    30" Dell =$1274

    With that MBP you dont need the grunt of the iMac. The mini grapics card can only support up to 23". The cheapest option is the 30" Dell. If you want an all apple solution i think the best is the MBP + 30"ACD. Then the mini + 23" and final the 24" iMac.

    If it where me, i would definitely go with the 30" Dell but if i had the cash i would go for the 30" ACD (just looks nicer).
     
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  13. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    Why not secret option no. 3: buy only an ACD and hook it up to the MBP, using the MBP as both desk- and laptop? Why spend money on a mini when you have the power in the MBP?
     
  14. phungy macrumors 68020

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  15. yoak macrumors 65816

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    I´m extremely happpy with my iMac, so if you really want a second computer, go for the iMac
     
  16. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    i agree with the display for the MPB - which display is up to you :)
     
  17. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    For the curious

    What did you decide to go for?
     
  18. DVNIEL thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Made the choice

    This choice was completely different from what I was asking. I went the iMac route, but I just got the 20" iMac C2D instead. I'm quite happy with the choice because the screen is just right, it already has a sufficient 250GB hard drive on it, and it fits my desk like a glove. I decided that if I ever wanted to dual screen the MBP, I can just buy a cheap ol' LCD screen from Samsung in the near future. Saving $500+ I went and also bought myself a little external harddrive, a giftcard to buy an AppleTV online, and tonight I'm treating myself to some chicken katsu at the local hawaiian BBQ shop.

    Thanks for all of your advice, I really appreciate a great Mac community.
     
  19. IEatApples macrumors 6502a

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