2011 Mac Mini server or iMac i7

Discussion in 'iMac' started by macintoshse1, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. macintoshse1 macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2006
    Looking in to getting a new system I don't game on my computer that what the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii are for on the 52". Main use will be page layout work, photos and handbreak. So price being close to equal which would you choose. I'm still not crazy about the idea of the iMac all in one design, lose the monitor lose the computer. With the mini lose the monitor buy a new monitor and move on. Opinions needed thanks.

    Mac mini server $1000
    (2) 27" Apple Thunderbolt displays $2000
    SuperDrive $80
    Thunderbolt cable $50

    total $3130

    iMac 27" i7 $2200
    (1) 27" Apple Thunderbolt displays $1000

    total $3200
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Why are your choices split between a low-end server and a more conventional computer? Do you need the server or not?
  3. gooberlx, Jul 29, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2011

    gooberlx macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2011
    Well, it'll be interesting to see if PCs can use the iMac as a target display if/when thunderbolt/lightpeak adapters or cards are available.

    If you intend to stick with Mac, im pretty sure the new 27" iMacs can serve as a target display for other thunderbolt equipped macs. So there's that possibility if you want to move to Mac mini or Mac pro in the future.

    Admittedly that's a thick and power hungry monitor then....
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Obviously the iMac will give you more features for your money. Bigger, faster HDD, more RAM expansion, DVD drive, faster video card, etc...

    If nothing else, having two Thunderbolt ports seems like a worthwhile feature for the $70 difference.
  5. lee14160 macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2009
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Really, are you not looking at performance. A Mac Mini is just that mini. Go with the i7, and trust me you will be much happier. In fact you won't be attempting to kick your self in the *** every day.
  6. gooberlx, Jul 29, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011

    gooberlx macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2011
    Oh I didn't notice you want to run two 27" displays, I'd say the imac then. I think the available memory for the mini's hd3000 (384mb) might be lacking to smoothly run that much resolution.

    I could be wrong though.

    From here

    I think they're talking about general usage there, not specifically gaming. Kinda hard to discern though.
  7. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    The iMac

    Is the way to go, up the graphics ram to 2gb and go for the i7. Mine eats everything I throw at it, multi displays and heavy duty video work....Just a breeze.

    There are other options that do not appear on the store site, so talk to a specialist (email or message me and I will put you in touch with the best Apple have) :)
  8. iamthedudeman, Jul 30, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2011

    iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2007
    Well I don't think a geekbench score over 9500 is "mini".
    That is faster than any other 27 iMac save for the 2011 27 and 27 2010 models. And still slightly better than the 2011 3.1.

    Really' are you not looking at performance?

    And in case you had not noticed the Mini he is referring to has a i7.

    When applying to the mini now the only thing "mini" about the performance is the form factor.

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