Best Mac for Power Browsing + Spreadsheets for Work

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  1. Mothra's Wing, Nov 5, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2014

    Mothra's Wing macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I thought this forum could point me in the right direction for selecting the right Mac for my workstation.

    I need a Mac that can be fast when handling two or three open web browsers (using ad blocker) with a total of about 20-30 open tabs plus two or three open medium-sized spreadsheets (2-3MB files, 2000+ rows) on two displays, one of them at least a 2560 x 1440 display.

    I usually have two or three desktops open on Mission Control with Mail (thousands of messages), Adium, Dropbox, Google Drive, Spotify or iTunes and a couple other apps always open at any given time.

    My current mid-2011 Core i7 Mac Mini eventually runs slower and slower after half a day with 15+ GB virtual memory and some limited swapping on 8GB installed physical memory. I've had 16GB memory installed and it got slow as well and eventually corrupted over time. Numbers, Mail, Safari/Chrome seem to suck the most memory (~6GB) and CPU resources.

    I also have a 4TB external drive connected which is set to spin down when necessary. Whenever the drive spins up, it causes the beach ball to spin for about 2-3 seconds.

    Not sure where the bottleneck is, if it's the dual-core Core i7 cpu, the memory or the weak 256 MB AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics or something else.

    I'd be open to an iMac or a Macbook or even another MacMini to go with the existing displays. MacPro seems unnecessary to me, but convince me :)

    Appreciate any help I can get on this. Thanks!
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    27 inch imac

    This seems to be what you need max out the Ram to 32gb and the rest will be good enough for what you do. I would say sod it and go with the 5K version though, after all why not.
     

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