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

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

    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

    Apr 3, 2006
    Beacon, NY
    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

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

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

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