iMac RAM and iMac vs MacMini

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MCIowaRulz, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. MCIowaRulz macrumors 6502

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    Due to the issues with the MacbookPro with respect to the sliding feet and the wobbling screen (and I shouldn't have to purchase a case for a $2600+ computer for a simple fix) I'm sending it back and getting a 21.5 Inch iMac with the following
    3.6 Ghz i5
    8GB
    2TB
    Wired Keyboard/Mouse
    and a either a Macmini @ 2.66 or a base iMac 3.06/500GB/4GB etc

    My question is the top iMac will be used for Final Cut Pro and Photoshop work.
    I would like to get Apple Ram for Warrenty purposes and I would like to get
    12 GB for headroom for the future. Do you think I could do that and how so?

    also am I better off with a base iMac or a Macmini? I already have a keyboard and mouse, However I have a ACD LCD 17" which is incompatible and I don't want top pay the $100 for the adapter. and the monitor is a minimum $110 at bestbuy.
    I will be using that iMac for e-mail/itunes and internet. (It is the family iMac)
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would get 27" iMac for Final Cut and Photoshop. The extra screen estate is absolutely amazing and it also offers more power. Grab a refurb to save some $.

    As for the family computer, I would get an iMac. The screen is a lot better than those crappy Best Buy monitors and it also offers more power. Again, if you want to save $, think about refurb
     
  3. tpg macrumors regular

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    It doesn't look like 12GB of RAM is offered as an option on the website, however Apple may be willing to install it for you, since the tech-specs suggest that it can take up to 16GB of RAM. Ask at your local apple store / phone them up.

    You are almost always better off with the iMac. The mac mini is IMO overpriced, and you get a much better spec for a little more cash with the iMac.
     
  4. MCIowaRulz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You are right, The MacMini is expensive for what you get and the more I think about it, It is much better to go with a iMac for the family as the monitors at BB won't have the IPS technology and be LED which start @ ~$200 which would put the cost right up there with the iMac.
    So what is the MacMini for then?

    The desk is 41 W x 25 D so a 27" would fit there..
    Now if I do get the 27" Is Quad Core i5 or a 3.6 Ghz i5 better?
    I'd like to keep this around $1900 or so due to the other iMac (which i'm thinking of getting the base model).
    Apple Computers are more expensive however to me the iMac machines are a good value. MacBookPro's on the other hand...:eek:
    Family & I have around $3000 to budget
    (I can finally put the family PowerMac 867Mhz G4 from 2001 to rest):)
     
  5. Hellhammer Moderator

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    See the refurb links in my post above. That 27" is about as fast as the current one but you save hundreds.
     

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