Help me choose, please.

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by NbinHD, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. NbinHD, Aug 23, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 23, 2013

    NbinHD macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 26, 2012
    Location:
    Macbook Pro 13'' - Mid 2012 Baseline
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    Uses;
    Web browsing.
    Intense homework - i like to have to programs (word and chrome) open at once to maximize effeciency.
    YouTube.
    Casual light gaming.
    Sketchup
    Movies.

    Possible options - Budget must be within absolute maximum - pushing it $2300
    21.5'' iMac - high end - 1tb fusion - $2000
    21.5'' iMac - low end - 1tb fusion - $1729
    23/24'' monitor and a macbook air (11 or 13'' baseline 128gb) - $1700 (11'') - $1900 (13'')
    Above (23/24'' monitor) with a 13'' rmbp baseline - $2100
    Above (23/24'' monitor) with a mac mini (i7, 1tb fusion drive, 8gb ram) - $1800
    27'' baseline iMac with fusion drive - $2300

    I dont necessarily need a laptop, as i dont really benefit from having them and using it regularly, but for the odd occasion it is nice to have. I feel as if the 21.5'' imac is too small, but for my needs the 27'' is too big considering the depth of my desk and im not a fan of having to move my head to reach each corner of the screen - so 24'' is ideal but im willing to give this up for a smaller. I like the iMac's because of the design and the all in one concept - includes mouse, keyboard etc, less cords etc. What do you guys think is the best option - im really finding it hard to choose.

    Also - all models will be haswell 2013 models.
    Also - the more i spend on this setup the less i can spend on a new phone - expensive computer = iphone 5c/5 vicer versa.
     
  2. jsm4182 macrumors 6502

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    Location:
    Beacon, NY
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    If you're interested in the 23-24" monitor options and don't need the potability I'd recommend the Mac Mini. Thats the setup I use at work and at home(but with a 27" at home). It is more than powerful enough for your needs. I'm not sure of exactly how you got the $1800 price, a good 23-24" monitor should be between $200-$300(for my work setup I just got a 23" Dell Ultrasharp IPS LED for $230) and remember RAM is much cheaper to upgrade yourself than buy through Apple.
     
  3. Phan0121 macrumors newbie

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    Mar 26, 2013
    Location:
    Minnesota
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    Are you getting rid of the macbook in your signature?

    If not, then I'd suggest visiting tonymacx86.com and going down the route of a hackintosh.
     

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