21.5 Imac or 2011 Mac mini?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 101blargman, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. 101blargman macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2010
    Hey guys,

    This is my first post on this site. I need a new desktop computer that has enough power to run Final Cut Pro, Microsoft Office, iWork and maybe Photoshop in the future. I'm planing for this to be my switch to mac from windows. If I were to get a Mac Mini the specs would be

    Processor 2.7 Duel i7
    4GB of ram
    500GB hard drive
    total would be $899

    And if i were to get a iMac the specs would be

    Processor 2.7 Quad i5
    4GB of ram
    1TB hard drive
    total would be $1499

    In the future I will max out the ram.

    So what I would like to know is would the Mac Mini have enough power to run those programs or should I spend the extra $600 on a iMac? Also is a SSD drive in a Mac really worth the extra money?

  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Get the base iMac, the high-end 21.5" is not worth it.
  3. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Get the base 21.5" iMac since it has a screen and it comes with an Apple keyboard/mouse if I remember correctly.
  4. Sodner macrumors 68020


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    +1 for the base iMac. I have one in my home office and got one for the family in the living room. Great machines.

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