Decisions Decisions - Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by sheareb, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. sheareb macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    hey all, I have been holding out for an iMac i7 as I like the new screen and power. however, common sense needs to kick in a bit.

    I am looking to do:
    • IPhone Development (following the CS193P course online)
    • Web Developmet using Dreamweaver
    • let my son use the machine for Garageband as hes interested in a career in music production
    • run windows based applications (maybe dreamweaver at first)
    • Windows Games - Battlefield 2/Battlefield Bad Company 2

    At present, I have a sony vaio media centre 1.8ghz core 2 duo with 2gb ram and was hoping to replace it with something that will last me another 3-4 years. However, in the short term I may have to go for something which will be on an equal par hardware wise but perform better due to the OS (I have been a windows user all my life).

    My thinking is buy a mac mini/macbook right now to let me get started and buy and imac later in its cycle this year - this lets me try out iPhone dev etc at a lower cost.

    the Mac Mini (2.26) I can get for about £450, or higher sped for £596 but not sure I need the extra processor or memory with this OS???? have enough external storage for that not to be an issue.

    Would I be disappointed with the mac mini or should I splash out on the 21.5 iMac for the bigger spec, keyboard and mouse - not sure its worth it over the base mini (£400 difference) but its only £250 more that the 2.53 mini!

    decisions decisions.

    Will the base mini run iLife09 apps without any lag or issues?
    What about composing home movies with iMovie?
    How would I connect speakers to the Mini?

    Sorry for the dumb questions :eek:
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000


    May 22, 2009
    If your current computer does everything you want it to do, the Mac Mini will just make everything better. I say if you have the money, get the high end model because it already comes with 4GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive so you never have to open it.

    To your first 2 questions, yes they will run them flawlessly. To your 3rd question, you will have to connect your speakers via the 3.5mm audio out jack on the Mac Mini.

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