Help, what computer now?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Martyimac, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. Martyimac macrumors 68000

    Martyimac

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    My nMP is currently drying in the garage, spilled some water and the whole thing shutdown in an instant. So, if I did kill it, what computer might you folks recommend???
    I am not a heavy user,, some light word processing, email, photo editing in Photo, web browsing. Thinking about a mini if I could find a 2012 or so with an SSD and 16GB Ram.

    Any recommendations on places to look for good used  computers?
     
  2. filmak macrumors 65816

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    Are you satisfied from the nMP? or would you like an iMac?
     
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    Martyimac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    An iMac would be fine but then my monitor becomes a paperweight. While the Retina/5K screens are awesome, I was perfectly happy with my 24" Dell running 1920x1080 not to mention mice, keyboards, etc.
     
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    Go for a Mini. The ONLY advantage I can see for the 2014 revision is the graphics; the Iris is better than HD4000 in the 2012 models.
     
  5. filmak macrumors 65816

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    You could use it as a secondary one for extended desktop or multiple apps open.
    As I see you 're coming from a 6c D500 nMP, have in mind that you 're not going to have the same performance from a mini.
    A used nMP?
    What is your budget?
     
  6. Martyimac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am going to try and go with a mini, but I could buy an iMac no problem. But a new MP like what I have isn't worth the money to me. It was fun and bought on a lark but now, SMH WAY to much money considering how locked down it is.
     
  7. h9826790 macrumors G4

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    I totally agree that a mini with SSD and 16GB RAM is all you need.
     
  8. singhs.apps macrumors 6502

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    Frankly buy a current gen rMBP if they get discounted.
     
  9. Martyimac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well, whatever i fried I did it well. We do have an authorized  repair store here. May try that first. If it's no more than a used mini that would be okay with me. Baby steps.
     
  10. Martyimac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I know everyone here is just giddy with anticipation as to what I decided. LOL
    So, the folks I contacted don't take trade ins, the buy your mac sites won't take a non booting machine, can't say I blame them. BUT-----B&H Photo has the base nMP on sale for $1899 with no sales tax and free shipping. So I ordered one.
    WHY you ask? Because parts for these things are outrageous. One place, the cheapest, wants $500 for the can cover and a power cord, graphics cards are over $700, power supply (what I think died) is $400. When I start looking at prices, my dead nMP will be a great parts machine. I will upgrade the one I bought from 12G to 16G from the old machine, my SSD will pop right in, the graphics cards can be replaced with my 500's, And I will have other spare parts if any of the new ones fail after warranty is over. Also, it was under my $2K number I had set for myself, I won't have an aio or a glossy screened iMac I don't care for.
    So, in my case, I can almost get the mid priced nMP for $1K less than they are currenty selling for and not have to deal with an iMac I don't want on the desktop.
    Thanks to all for the ideas, greatly appreciate everyone's input.
     
  11. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a

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    A Mac Mini with 16GB or RAM and an SSD should hold up for a little while.

    A family member of mine has a Mac Mini with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD and it's working amazingly for them.
     
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    Glad you made your choice. Kinda shocked you didn't want to shy away from Apple. But hey! You got a great deal! What year is the machine you picked up?
     
  13. Martyimac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It's still a 2013 but it's brand new in the box and under  warranty for 1 Year.
    I seriously considered moving away from  but there are still some things I like.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 11, 2018 ---
    Probably, but my 2011 mini struggles with heavy graphics intensive websites, the fan spins up pretty quick on something as simple as the CNN websites, others are worse.
     
  14. TC_GoldRush macrumors 6502

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    Wow you bought a 5 year old computer for $2,000! What a deal! Sorry, but I thought you picked up a brand new one for that price.
     
  15. Martyimac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    There are no brand new trash can mac pro's. Yes it's a 5 year old design and components but they work great. Considering this model isn't even on the  website anymore, in my particular case only, it is a good deal. It's the price we pay for being in the  ecosystem. My old macpro cost me $4K.
     
  16. filmak macrumors 65816

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    Very nice! Glad you found such a good solution.
     
  17. TC_GoldRush macrumors 6502

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    It's the price I used to pay. Finally managed to get (mostly) out of the ecosystem. Just have a few programs that require me to keep a few old iBooks alive.
    Edit: Thought it was the MacBook pro laptop, sorry. Trash Can macs are boss.
     
  18. Martyimac thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Update. The new Mac Pro came yesterday and is now up and running. The SSD from the old one is the one in this new machine. :) So now, I am fairly confident that the power supply is what fried and suspect that the video cards and the CPU are still okay. Essentially I have all the replacement parts other than the power supply for this new machine and my effective cost is just the cost of a new power supply which is $400 retail. Maybe less if I searched around some more.
    Works for me. :D
     

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