I will buy a new Mac, Which one do I need?

CeratixD

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Hi everyone. I need a recomendation for a new Mac. My requeriments are simple, I want a computer for web surfing, fast multi-tasking, 1080p movies, I like to take good quality photos and record 1080p videos. I don't play too much video games on computer because I have an PS3. Maybe, I will play COD sometimes because is impossible for me to play that game on PS3 and perhaps any other shooter games that is available for Apple OS. I also like to mix and improve the quality of my MP3 files using Traktor. The most important thing for me is the fast-multi-tasking, I don't wanna feel any lag or freeze.

Here are my options:

1. Mac Mini 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 + Dell 27'' Display 2560-by-1440 resolution

2. Imac 2.9GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz with 512MB GPU

3. Imac 2.9GHz Quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz with 1GB GPU


Is necessary the Fusion Drive or the HDD 7200rpm is enough for my requirements?

I will apreciate any advice. Thanks :apple:
 

mentaluproar

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that high resolution display will slaughter your framerate unless you lower the res in game. I have an AMD i5 mini running batman arkham city just fine. The general rule is if you have a display already, get the mini. Otherwise, get the iMac.

Also, SSDs are worth it.
 

CeratixD

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that high resolution display will slaughter your framerate unless you lower the res in game. I have an AMD i5 mini running batman arkham city just fine. The general rule is if you have a display already, get the mini. Otherwise, get the iMac.

Also, SSDs are worth it.
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The 512mb or the 1GB iMac?

The 7200rpm HDD is fast?
 

mentaluproar

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It's faster, but not fast. Any hard drive will work fine, but in terms of speed, SSD>hybrid technologies>high RPM hard drives>low RPM drives.

High GPU ram lets you see more detailed textures and increase draw distance.

GPUs are my weak point though. Wait for a mac gamer to stumble in and offer an opinion.
 
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CeratixD

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It's faster, but not fast. Any hard drive will work fine, but in terms of speed, SSD>hybrid technologies>high RPM hard drives>low RPM drives.

High GPU ram lets you see more detailed textures and increase draw distance.

GPUs are my weak point though. Wait for a mac gamer to stumble in and offer an opinion.

Thanks. I don't have a monitor for the Mac Mini, so the iMac is correct for me. But I wanna know if the 512MB GPU is enought for my requirements, because the only game that I will play in PC IF! I have enough time, because I have a PS3, will be COD or any other shooter game.
 

TjeuV

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Thanks. I don't have a monitor for the Mac Mini, so the iMac is correct for me. But I wanna know if the 512MB GPU is enought for my requirements, because the only game that I will play in PC IF! I have enough time, because I have a PS3, will be COD or any other shooter game.
Which 2.9 iMac can you configure with a 1GB vram gpu? Thought you'd be immediately with the 3.2 27" if you wanted that?

There's a significant difference between the 2.9 27" gpu card and the 3.2 27", so if you don't mind the extra $200, Def. go with the 3.2.