Buying advice iMac, mini or mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Daddyburns, Sep 6, 2014.

  1. Daddyburns macrumors newbie

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    Sep 6, 2014
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    My son has now taken over my 2011 MacBook and I've come to the conclusion that I can kiss it goodbye.

    I need to buy an alternative and I've always looked in awe at the 27" iMacs.

    Question from me really is some advice on the alternatives. I would like a 27" display so my thinking around options would be

    1. 27" iMac
    2. Mac mini with a Thunderbolt Display
    3. MacBook Air or pro with a 27" Thunderbolt Display.

    My uses are -

    Gaming - I've got a ps4 so not that bothered
    Movies - yes I do like to watch HD so 1080 needs to be played effortlessly
    Work - typical Microsoft office type work needs
    Photography - editing and storing photos using my DSLR. Not professional level

    Watching HD video is probably the most power I'm going to utilise. I'll look to source a g-tech external storage platform so I'm looking for something which can makes use of the display, run smoothly and quickly

    Any advice would be much appreciated

    Many thanks

    DB :)
     
  2. Serban Suspended

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    Jan 8, 2013
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    wait 1 more month and we will decide FOR you what is the best option.
    Maybe a new mac mini or/and imac or/and macbook air will be release
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Feb 20, 2009
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    If you get another MacBook or Mini, don't waste the $$$ on a Thunderbolt display. The "current" version is old and long-in-the-tooth.

    There are many, many 3rd-party displays out there that offer a display "as good" for far less money. A good place to start that search is by looking here:
    http://www.pchardwarehelp.com/guides/s-ips-lcd-list.php

    The 2.3ghz i7 Mini should do what you need, and is -very- affordable if you wait until Apple-refurbished models become available. Keep an eye out here:
    http://www.refurb.me/us/

    Realize that the Mini has CPU-based graphics and -is not- "a gaming machine".

    A Mini will run the Office apps and do HD video playback just fine...
     

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