Confused trying to find the right Mac for me

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by btx926, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. btx926 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    So, I am a software engineer and long entrenched Windows and Linux user. I have a monster of a windows 7 box under my desk (great machine), but I feel like I should have a Mac sitting around too, mainly as a development tool. That said, it is quite likely that I will do some Garage Band and if I like OSX, I may actually use it as a "primary" machine. I game on my Windows monster, and don't see that really changing.

    I've narrowed the choices down between the:
    mid-range 2011 mini
    low end 27" iMac

    I have a nice LCD (although it is much lower res than the iMac, and focused on speed for gaming), mouse and keyboard for my windows box -- so the redundancy of the iMac is a bit of a bummer when I can't use the monitor for my windows box (really, Apple? Why is there always a reason NOT to buy Apple products even when I want to? Grrrrr). That said, the monitor is glorious, and would be nice on a box I anticipate being a devbox/general workhorse.

    There is a possibility that neither of these will work for me -- if that's the case, I'll sell them after I figure that out. So, resale value matters here to me a little.

    Any advice/factors other than this I should think of? Thanks for any advice.
  2. dixie8123 macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2010
    Charleston, SC
    Depends on your budget. If you care about looks and have a high budget, go for the iMac. If you are on a budget, go with the Mini, and for looks sake, invest in a Apple Keyboard and Magic Trackpad

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