Indecisive Mac Desktop Owner Needs Help

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ndriver182, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. ndriver182 macrumors 6502a

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    A brief history:
    Summer 2011 - Purchased 2011 2.5ghz Mac Mini
    January 2012 - Purchased 2011 27" 2.8ghz iMac to replace Mini
    January 2012 - Returning iMac

    The Mac Mini was serving my purposes for the most part, but I was in the market for a 27" display instead of the 21" I had. I figured instead of just buying a Dell U2711 display to use with the Mini, I could sell the Mini and end up with an iMac that has the 27" display and also end up with a faster processor, etc at the same time. So that's what I did.

    I bought the iMac through Amazon since I'm a Prime member, pay no sales tax in CA, and it was cheaper from Apple directly. Unfortunately I discovered how much of a pain it is to open the Mac to install the SSD, OWC Mercury Electra Pro 6G 120gb, I had in my Mini (I didn't end up doing it) and realized how I wasn't a big fan of how the iMac makes it tough to make any changes to the system with the exception of upgrading the RAM.

    So here I am weighing my options on a Mac Pro. I have no interest in going back to the Mac Mini. I really don't have any interest in going back to a 27" iMac (despite the processor specs being up-to-date and thunderbolt). I know the current Mac Pro systems are lagging behind in terms of updates, but considering that there aren't any other desktop Mac options to consider (other than a hackintosh), I'm trying to figure out where to go in terms of the Mac Pro line.

    I do not currently use my Mac as a means for creating income. I do not do excessive amounts of audio, video, or compiling work. I do like the expandability of the Mac Pro - specifically CPU, RAM, and possibly video card. I was considering the single 2.8ghz quad core considering that down the road it leaves me open to swapping out the CPU to the 3.33ghz 6-core later if I need it. I also know that there may or may not be a refresh of the MP line, but if there is, it will probably be sometime in the next few months. The "problem" is that I don't know if I can hold out until then using my MBA connected to my monitor to act as a desktop replacement. I don't really care about USB 3.0, doubt I'll make use of Thunderbolt, and am not totally sure if SATA 3 or PCI 3 would be of use to me.

    Anyway, sorry for such a long post. I'm just trying to figure out if I should wait it out or not. I'm more inclined to think waiting is probably not worth it in my case, but I'm not a Mac Pro guru so what do I know?? :confused:
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You do not have to be a Mac "guru" to realize that if you need a computer now you should buy it now.
     
  3. ssgbryan macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't worry too much about thunderbolt until it becomes cost-effective. So far, it is a lot of hype, hope, and expense. Based on what you have told us, I would look into a refurbed quad core (2.8) from Apple. It will run you about as much as a top-of-the line iMac, but memory maxes out at 48 gigs and you can be more selective on your monitor(s), GPUs and hard drives.
     
  4. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    Honestly? I'd by a Mac Mini.... You really don't need to do all the upgrades, as you've already admitted. Just enjoy it...
     
  5. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

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    Seconded. If I were you, I'd buy a late gen MP used or refurbed for a good price and build on it. No point buying new now.
     
  6. goMac macrumors 603

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    Sure, the iMac is a pain to open up.

    But honestly, how often do you see yourself replacing the drive?
     
  7. foodog macrumors 6502a

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    Totally agree.... If you are not comfortable with opening it yourself pay someone to do it for you. It is a one time deal. I own a Mac Pro, a Mac mini, and an iMac. My kids use the mini, (games web surfing etc...) my wife uses the iMac (photos, email etc...) and I use the Pro (video editing) and it pays for itself as an income generator. I upgraded the other machines hard drives, RAM etc... It is a PITA for an iMac hard drive replacement, but isn't that hard to do with a few simple tools.... plenty of videos on youtube to show you how.
     

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