Intel Mac Mini or Intel iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by roland.g, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. roland.g macrumors 603

    roland.g

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    I have a 6 yr. old G4 450 PowerMac that I need to replace before summer. I have a 19" LaCie Electron Blue monitor and I have a 120 GB 7200 RPM Western Digital SE with a 8MB Buffer as my data drive that I can either put in a Firewire/USB case or a NewerTech MiniStack drive case, plus Airport Extreme and Express running my network. I had considered for quite some time the idea of getting a G5 iMac or now the Intel iMac, but 20" because of the screen I have now. And I realize the new iMac supports dual screens, but that is a significant amount of desk space, even with my corner 'L' desk.

    With the release of the new Intel Mac Mini I am tempted to go that direction, Core Duo of course because I have been wanting a superdrive for a long time, and maxing out the RAM to not only compensate for the graphics dependancy, but also to give me the most at my disposal. I do work in photoshop from time to time and can occasionally get involved with 150+MB files though that is somewhat rare. Mostly I will be using the machine for websurfing, mail, ichat, iPhoto and all the other iLife apps, as well as hopefully more and more video. I use iMovie a lot and hope to more and more with a superdrive and also expect to make the transition to Final Cut Express though I don't think I will be using the HD features in either of those for some time since I don't plan on getting an HD camcorder anytime soon.

    I can see how the iMac with 2 screens is nice, especially for video playback with FCE, but not needed for iMovie. My main concern is whether the Mini can handle all of that, or if I really need an iMac now. I would prefer to go the Mini route for the short term because of $$, as well as the fact that it would be a nice stop-gap machine between my old G4 and either an iMac in 2007 (once it goes to a Merom or Conroe processor) or even a new tower (mac pro or whatever it is called), at which time the Mini will be a nice media machine to hook up to my TV. I understand that there is a lot of concern and disappointment over the integrated graphics and I would prefer dedicated myself, but I don't plan any gaming. Any thoughts on how it will deal with editing and playback of video in iMovie and FCE, either SD or HD.
    Or if ultimately I should drop the $1699 this year for the iMac?
     
  2. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a

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    Go with a 17" iMac from Amazon (there is a $125 rebate, so price is about $1174.99).

    I just ordered one, and because I have a free trial for Amazon Prime, got it shipped to me overnight for $4. There are a couple threads in other forums on how to get a trial to the great service.

    In any case, I have a dual display setup right now. A 17" iMac (1440x900) and a 17" LCD (1280x1024), and they are plenty enough pixels. The 20" iMac would simply be overkill. The 128mb dedicated VRAM in the iMac should definately be more suitable for video editing than the mini.

    It seems like a nice marriage between your two conflicting routes :)
     
  3. generik macrumors 601

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    I'd go with the Mini route.. cos ultimately all computers will get old and smelly and slow (ok maybe not smelly) but from time to time you may decide to do something like... getting a new display to improve your experience.

    That's where the iMac is a real bummer, you can't do that, at best your only option is to get a new iMac.

    On the other hand with the Mini you can! And likewise, a Mini can always be useful as a headless machine sitting somewhere in a corner doing some work when it is too slow to suit your needs anymore. Try shuffling a iMac into a corner and have it not look conspicuous, I don't think so :rolleyes:
     
  4. mulletman13 macrumors 6502a

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    Also it depends on if you plan on keeping the computer for a long time, or getting rid of it right before it's rendered obsolete.

    If you tend to keep it, definately go the Mini route, like the poster above me explained so well :)
     
  5. roland.g thread starter macrumors 603

    roland.g

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    Sorry, as I said I am not interested in a 17" iMac. It is either the Mini or the 20" iMac. I don't have a problem with the all in one nature of the iMac. If I don't get one now, I probably will in a the next 2 years once more apps go universal and Leopard is released and Apple does more in terms of creating media uses What I am looking for is any idea of how the Mini will handle my needs (explained above).
     

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