iMac or MacMini+AppleLED

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by starvingartist8, Oct 27, 2011.

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iMac or MacMini+AppleLED

  1. Mac Mini + LED

    3 vote(s)
    33.3%
  2. iMac

    6 vote(s)
    66.7%
  1. starvingartist8 macrumors regular

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    #1
    I use my computer for light 3d work, digital painting on large canvases, movies, music, browsing and zbrush.

    Should I buy a mac mini + Apple LED or the iMac?

    Is the temperature in the mini bad for stressful photoshop stuff?

    My thoughts for the mini would be that I get the screen separate away from the computer and also can take it places if i choose (not that i require that). Also it is almost up to specs with the iMac (right?) and easier manual upgrades. I could upgrade every once in a while without paying for another screen.

    iMac thoughts are temperature cooler, more powerful, screen included, mouse and keyboard included.

    I tend to keep my computers for 5-6 years before replacing.

    Whatever one I choose I will be waiting for the next revision of the two of them.

    Thoughts? Thanks :)
     
  2. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    Well if you upgrade 5 to 6 years without replacing, then what do you mean by your comments regarding upgrading every once in a while? The Mac mini is just as upgradeable as the iMac which means both are limited to upgrading the RAM.

    The iMac is much more powerful than a Mac mini and for the value ($1000 LED display with $700 Mac mini), I would rather just get a $1700 iMac. Don't forget that with the Mac mini, you still need to purchase a keyboard and mouse.

    You mentioned that you would take it places, but that means you still have to haul the keyboard, mouse, and ensure there is a monitor handy wherever you plan on traveling to. In that case, I'd just go with a MacBook Pro.
     
  3. childoftheko4n macrumors regular

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    I think he means when it comes time to upgrade he can just buy another mini and keep all the other components instead of buying a whole new imac setup when he won't need the whole bundle.

    I personally went the mac mini route, people seem to disgard them but they are pretty powerful.
     
  4. jmpnop macrumors 6502a

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    Agree with this, either go with iMac or Macbook Pro if you want portability.
     
  5. froa macrumors member

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    If you want a 3-Screens display, go ahead with the 27' iMac; otherwise, still purchase the 27' iMac. Even though I am using Mac mini now.
     
  6. LeandrodaFL macrumors 6502a

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    The next Macmini may only appear in july 2012, while the new imac may appear in early 2012
     

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