iMac vs Mac Mini graphics and how it would affect me?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kbutler84, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. kbutler84 macrumors regular

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    Trying to decide between a 2012 iMac or Mac Mini. The two systems I'm looking at would be:

    2012 27" iMac (refurb)
    i7 3.4ghz
    8gb RAM (upgrade myself)
    1tb fusion
    2gb gtx 680mx

    or

    2012 Mac Mini + refurb TB Display
    i7 2.3ghz
    4gb RAM (upgrade myself)
    256 SSD
    Intel 4000 HD Graphics

    My primary uses would be photo editing (lightroom and photoshop), some handbrake transcoding, and general web surfing. I do not play games. Is it worth the price difference to go with the iMac? Will the better graphics card really make any difference with my uses?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    While you're not playing games your listed usage includes apps that will benefit from the GPU. I'd say you get more computer for your buck with the iMac that you will directly benefit from.
     
  3. thekev macrumors 604

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    I disagree sir. Lightroom doesn't seem to have added anything opencl based. Photoshop can run fine on integrated. The next mini should support the latest opencl right out of the box too. Handbrake is 100% cpu based. I don't think it will matter.
     
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