My own circle of confusion.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by slitherjef, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

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    I am in the market to reduce my aging i7-860 windows system's footprint. The large tower is taking up space and power and I just want something less obtrusive. I am not a huge gamer, I do play the sims 3 every so often, but not much else. The card I am using in my desktop is a geforce 8800 gts. Way overkill for pretty much everything I do.

    The main objective is:

    Photography. I shoot in raw format and usually convert to tiff (I know, I can just edit the raws and need to start doing that, it will save disc space). I do shoot HDRs and panoramas from a 5DmkII camera.

    Also:

    Web

    Light word processing (can use pages)
    Light HD video (from 5DmkII, canon vixia HF G10 and sometimes a gopro hero) as well as time lapse photography. I have not got to the point of editing - yet, but mostly stitching the videos together, or just uploading them to youtube.

    Now, I do have the base model mid 2012 15" MBP with the quad i7 (sandy bridge) chip stocked with an M4 SSD and 8gigs of ram. I suspect this would take care of anything I need to do with video editing, but what if I wanted to port my work between two computers?

    I guess right now I am leaning toward a mac mini. But I can't decide which one?

    The mini would be pushing at least a 27" full HD LG monitor. I am not sure if I need two.

    Should I just get the base i5 mini and eventually upgrade the ram and install an SSD and dual boot windows 8? Or should I just get the base i7 and eventually do the same?

    Thoughts?
     
  2. macrumors 68040

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    Is there a reason you even want a desktop? Connect a monitor to your MBP and use a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and you basically have a desktop. Advantage is that you one computer for everything and you don't have to worry about what resides on what computer....
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    That is a good point. The thought had crossed my mind. The sticking point was mouse and the large screen I recently bought.
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    You can use the external mouse and the screen with the MBP "docked".

    As for which mini to pick, I would strongly recommend going with the i7 mini. I just picked up the same thing after debating b/w that and the i5 mini and the 2011 and the 2012 iMacs 21.5". My primary use for the mini will be web/office and also photo storage and editing, namely Aperture and PS, I don't think my editing is as involved as is yours, and I'd still say take the i7 over the i5 without any doubts.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors member

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    So, pretty much, the 15" MBP in my lap would render a mac mini (either one) redundant. I do have an Apple tv (2nd gen) that I could mirror to my larger tv or connect it to my larger monitor.
     

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