Can't decide! Must decide!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by YummyIceCream, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. YummyIceCream macrumors newbie

    YummyIceCream

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    Hello! I am currently planning to buy a new Mac, but I am not sure which one to buy.
    Here's the configurations I plan on upgrading on each Mac

    5K iMac:
    3.5Ghz i5
    8GB of RAM
    256 GB of Flash
    AMD M209X 2GB

    Mac Mini
    3.0Ghz i7
    16GB of RAM (might as well go full since it's not upgradable!)
    512 GB of Flash
    I also intend to buy a 4K display, like the Asus PQ321Q

    Now, the reason the iMac's specs aren't maxed out is because I am on a budget below $3000, and considering how much cheaper the Mac Mini is, it's certainly more better, right? Am I missing something important about either the Mini or the iMac?
     
  2. Confusius macrumors regular

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    The Mini has a much weaker, integrated graphics card.
     
  3. azure247 macrumors 6502

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    Keep in mind the imac has a gorgeous display that u cant get anywhere else.
     
  4. pasadena macrumors 6502a

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  5. macmee Suspended

    macmee

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    Having driven a 4k monitor off the rMBP with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2048 MB, I can tell you that running one off an integrated graphics card would be an even worse experience.

    My suggestion is to go for the iMac. You get a better screen too.
     
  6. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

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    The 5K iMac is the superior choice between the two choices you provided. However, it's really hard of for any of us to give you solid advice unless you tell us what your requirements are and want you want to use the computer for.

    Bryan
     
  7. YummyIceCream thread starter macrumors newbie

    YummyIceCream

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    It seems that most people here are dismissing the Mac Mini due to it's graphics. I won't be doing any video editing or gaming, just to let you know.
    Also, I hear that the Mac Mini can support 4K but only at 30Hz. Forgive me for such a stupid question, but what is the difference between 30Hz and 60Hz?
     
  8. nrubenstein macrumors 6502

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    I would buy it from a third party reseller (MacMall, for example) and use the tax savings to get the better GPU.

    If necessary, I would sacrifice the 256GB SSD and go with the 1TB fusion drive.

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    30Hz means that the screen refreshes only 30 times per second. The net result is visible stuttering. It actually looks far worse to the human eye than only half the speed sounds like it should.

    It's basically tolerable for working in a spreadsheet, but will be annoying even in basic usage. The mouse cursor will stutter across the screen and scrolling will look terrible. And that is assuming that there is nothing else holding back performance.

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    Also, to be clear, the Mobile Core i7 in the Mini will be slower than the desktop Core i5 in the iMac. It's clocked slower and only has two cores. Optioning the Mini up into that price range is not a good choice.
     
  9. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    You and I are alike. I also agonize about these 2 computers with more or less the same config. Do NOT get the fusion drive. A spinner inside the computer has no business being there in 2014.

    Also, 30hz is very flickery. Do not plan on doing that on a nice new 4k monitor. It will be horrible and give you headaches.
     
  10. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    The RAM is still upgradeable with retina iMac. So keep it 8GB and buy the RAM yourself, 16 or 32GB is up to you and your needs, but either way it will save you tons of money by installing it yourself.
     
  11. hyune83 macrumors member

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    iMac definitely if you are needing a 4k monitor
     
  12. colodane macrumors 6502a

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    You are looking at the right trade-offs for your purchase. I would recommend sticking with the 256 GB SSD. To me it seems that the deciding factor may turn out to be the display.

    You haven't mentioned what screen you would be using if you got the mini. If you already have a display that is a size and resolution you are OK with, then the mini would certainly be more budget-friendly! If you would plan on purchasing a new good quality display then it would seem that buying the r iMac might be the better move.

    Also remember that you would need keyboard, mouse, speakers, etc. with the mini. Again, what you have on hand vs. what you would need to buy should be considered in your decision.
     
  13. lcseds macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 2012 Mac Mini with my added 750GB SSD, 16GB Ram and quad core i7. All the specs are there. And I added a highly rated Dell 2713 monitor. Excellent looking display.
    But, not nearly as visually appealing as a non retina iMac display. Must be the glass overlay or heavier contrast. Even though I put together a very nice setup, every time I go in an Apple store, I just stare at the iMac in regret. So I have ordered a retina iMac which will look even better to me. I don't think I want the piece meal route again until a 5K retina thunderbolt display is available. Apple displays just have it going on (for me).
     
  14. macmee Suspended

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    30hz looks like a disaster

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    They have completely different configurations. The iMac has dedicated graphics, and a real 4 core cpu, where as the mini has integrated gfx and a 2 core cpu.
     
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  16. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a

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    I'd you have any doubts then you're definitely a candidate for the iMac. ;)
     

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