from Macbook 2007 to MacMini 2009? iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Olivier L., Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Olivier L. macrumors member

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    #1
    hi there,

    My current setup:
    - white macbook from 2007 (C2D, 2GHz, 2Gb RAM, 120 Gb)
    - firewire WD MyBook with my pictures
    - cheap Fujitsu Siemens 22 " L22W-3 monitor.

    I plan to seriously increase the number of pictures I take and edit in the coming months. But my Macbook is getting noisy when I work intensively and Lightroom is sometimes slowing down a bit.

    So I am thinking of upgrading / buying a home machine. The news setup should include or allow an upgrade to a much better display (NEC, EIZO..)

    Option 1:
    - iMac
    It would allow me some occasional FPS gaming, and I would finally throw this windows box, but I doubt the quality of the iMac panel, from the calibration/gamut point of view.

    Option 2:
    - Mac Mini: I can use my current display, calibrate it, and a bit later upgrade to a better external display (Eizo, NEC,...).

    But that second option is only valid if I can experience a performance increase... So my questions are:

    1)what performance increase can I expect when switching from Macbook 2007 (Tiger) to Mac Mini 2009 (Leopard)?
    - for Lightroom management/editing
    - for other tasks (occasional video editing)

    2) which Mac Mini config should I take?

    Thanks for any advice!
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I would buy a refurb'd iMac (low-end) and stick your display on it as a second display. Then save up for a photographic-quality monitor. The mini will be faster than your MacBook but not by leaps and bounds, especially if you don't crack it open to upgrade the RAM/HD.
     

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