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

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CeratixD, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. CeratixD macrumors member

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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:
     
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  3. mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  4. CeratixD thread starter macrumors member

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    The 512mb or the 1GB iMac?

    The 7200rpm HDD is fast?
     
  5. mentaluproar, Jun 8, 2013
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    mentaluproar macrumors 68000

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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.
     
  6. CeratixD thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
  7. TjeuV macrumors 6502

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    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.
     

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