advice for mac mini vs imac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by photo121, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. photo121 macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2009
    Which is better

    mac mini this generation
    specs 2.0 ghz 120 hd
    for 549 USD

    or Imac previous generation
    specs 2.4 gz 250 hd, 20 inch
    for 849 USD

  2. cawesjmu macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2004
    Richmond, VA
    I concur. The iMac is faster, comes with a screen, keyboard, mouse, and larger hard drive. You might be able to find all that for 300 dollars, but it'd take a while to get it all together and the effort I don't think is worth it. If you have all of the extra stuff already, and don't care about CPU speed, then go for the mini. (don't forget you most likely need an adapter to plug a monitor in)
  3. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    United States
    I would go for the iMac as well.

    Especially if you don't have a monitor, speakers, keyboard and mouse for a mac mini. Buying all that stuff will bring the price near the iMac's price--making the iMac a better deal because it has more power as well.

    EDIT: cawesjmu beat me. I spent way to long writing my response :) .
  4. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    The current Mini is the only Mac I'd buy at the moment. What is your budget?
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  6. photo121 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2009
    budget range

    approx around 500-900 USD

    other factors
    I already have a pc: keyboard, monitor and mouse.
    I plan to run cs4 design premium on it

    the graphics card will would be nvidia 9400 (mac mini) vs ati 2400xt 128 mb

  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Sounds like you do photography and you get academic pricing? I'd skip the iMac altogether, if so, since it has a crappy TN panel. For $900, I'd go with:

    Mac Mini = $549
    4 gb RAM = $65
    Firewire 800 Enclosure = $60
    Samsung 1TB hard drive = $100
    Total = $775
  8. js81 macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    I'm actually in the EXACT same situation right now. I've decided to sell my current Mini and replace it... I was GOING to get the new Mini, but the iMac just started making more and more sense. I've decided to get the $999 refurbished iMac - it has 2 GB RAM, 320GB hard drive, and 256 MB Radeon card.

    If our OP needs a monitor, this won't help him at all. Yeah, the TN panel in the iMac isn't great, but its better than nothing. :)
  9. bntz313 macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    I would go for the iMac as well. or save up more to get a 24" cause they have the IPS panel.
  10. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Reread OP's post #7.
  11. marbles macrumors 68000


    Apr 30, 2008
    EU mostly
    Mini, you don't need to buy another screen, keyboard and mouse and besides, the Mini is the best computer Apple make.

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