Buying Research: Real World Video Performance?

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  1. VideoBeagle, Apr 10, 2013
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    VideoBeagle macrumors 6502a

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    I'm shopping for a new mac...I'm veering towards an iMac over a mini due to the video card, but that's based on paper knowledge. What I'm wondering is what real world experiences people've had.

    As i understand it, the only real difference between the Mini and iMac (minus KVM) is the video card vs integrated chip. What's the real world use performance difference?


    (My computer use:

    I mainly do photo editing (Photoshop) but of late have been playing a with After Effects and dabbling with Daz Studio and plan to do more with that with the new machine.

    I do video converting, but i often set up queues to let stuff like that process when I'm out or asleep.

    I do some gaming, nothing cutting edge, but for example, I have Arkham City that I can kind of play on my current machines in a very small window, so I'd like to be able to that at full (full-ish) power.

    Nothing I do is pro work, It's all hobby stuff.)
     
  2. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC814LL/A/refurbished-imac-27-inch-31ghz-quad-core-intel-core-i5


    this may be good for you. you can speed it up with an ssd as an external boot drive.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009HQKQMA...e=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B009HQKQMA
     
  3. VideoBeagle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the reply...but I'm not sure how this would be better than a new iMac or a new mini, nor does it tell me how folks with the mini find it works with things like games or After Effects of Photoshop or Daz Studio.
     

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