Mac mini or iMac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Arv3n, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Arv3n macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2010
    I'm saving up for a new computer, and trying to decide between an iMac or a Mac mini. I already have an HP 2310m 23" HD monitor, and a Logitech MX 518 mouse & Sidewinder X4 keyboard.

    So.. should I just get the Mac mini? It would be cheaper. And if I do get the Mini, what uprgades are worth it? I noticed they have an i7 option but it's only a dual core. I want it all to remain below $1000.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I would go with the 2.5GHz mini, and probably just leave it at that. You could add a small SSD yourself if you wanted to boost performance as well. Or you could alternatively get the 7200 RPM drive, which will offer improved performance and a bunch of storage.
  3. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
  4. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
    Presently I am struggling to decide which Mac Mini to get. As suggested to me in a post, the server model is a good choice for $999, without any hassle to upgrade the HDs.
  5. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    Get the base mini. Upgrade the HD to the 7200 rpm model. Dump the stock 2GB RAM and replace it with 8 GB 3rd party RAM that you install yourself (cheap & easy). Don't worry about an SSD now. They will become cheaper and more reliable in the future. This will give you a fine machine and will be well under $1000. Best wishes.
  6. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    The server model of the MacMini looks good, but I wish they offered the quad core i7 as an option in the non-server models.
  7. Kashchei macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2002
    Meat Space
    I would suggest checking out this thread regarding monitor compatibility with the new mini.
  8. mutantteenager macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2006
    It depends what you're doing with it. I would say the iMac is the better machine.

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