Mac mini or pc?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by KreamTea, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. KreamTea macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2013
    My current PC is getting a little out dated, so I have been wondering if now is the time to make the move to mac. The main uses will be surfing the web and doing work (mainly word processing). However I do enjoy a bit of gaming from time to time, there lots of good games on the App Store such as civ 5 and borderlands 2. So I was just wondering if a Mac mini would be up to the job or if I should by a higher spec pc for the same price.

  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    My advice is to consider the Mini, but to _wait a little while longer_ if you can hold out.

    Some have complained that the integrated graphics (Intel 4000) in the current generation ("late 2012") Mini isn't quite up to handling gaming apps as well as it might be.

    The upcoming "Haswell" Minis will also have considerably-improved graphics. It should be worth the wait, and sell for essentially the same price as the current generation.

    I would expect the new Minis to come to market in Jan/Feb 2014. You might use the intervening time to do a bit more investigating insofar as the Mac is concerned.

    I have a late-2012 i7 2.6ghz Mini, and it's absolutely fine for what I do. I _am not_ a gamer, however, so I have no experience as to how it runs with games...
  3. ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    Mostly, I agree with you.

    Two points:
    a. I would wait a little more...also, because of the upcoming PCI-e SSD in new Mac Mini (apart from Wi-Fi AC which sounds now worthless).
    b. I wouldn't wait for the new Mac Mini till early 2014... because in late Oct.2013 is very likely to be announced!

    PS: There are some important statistics by experienced MAC customers...however, technology and components are fresh + available....the only existing problem is the available quantities of components and days needed to build a min. amount of Mac Minis before the official launch...I hope late Oct.2013 is a valid date! ...come on APPLE! Roger the engines, please! (along with the new iPad and iPad Mini 2).
  4. KreamTea thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2013
    Thanks for all the advice, I think I will wait for the new Mac mini then. I especially hope it has intel iris graphics like he iMac 21.5" because they look incredible for what they are!
  5. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    Despite all rumors there is another hickup for the Mini: the mac Pro. As long as that one is not on sale, Apple will not update the Mini. If they would do that, it would be utterly stupid. Do you see the MacPro arrive this month...:confused:
  6. ioannis2005gr, Oct 6, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2013

    ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    Maybe....but, do you think Mac Pro is Apple's highest priority this year? If so, why?

    PS1: Personally, I bet APPLE doesn't care to update Mac Pro as highest priority....if this happens, it will be announced the same date with Mac Mini and possibly along with new iPad and iPad Mini 2 (late Oct. 2013 event!).
    PS2: I read that Mac Mini case support MAX TDP 45W. Have you heard that? If so, combination of Iris Pro + Dual/Quad Core i7 mobile processor isn't an option! In this case, most possible candidate HD4600+Quad Core, HD5000+Dual Core or Iris HD5100+Dual Core.

    What is your opinion?
  7. jmhart macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2012
    By that logic they shouldn't have updated the iMac, no.
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    try to hold out for a 2013 mac mini. assuming it shows up before Black friday..
    if you hate it it is easy to sell it on ebay. it has low weight and is easy to ship also mac minis have good resale value. If you get tired of waiting buy a pc on black friday.
  9. covertash macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2012
    My two cents is that as much as I do love the Mac platform, unless you get a higher spec machine with a good dedicated GPU, your gaming experience is variable at best.

    Obviously, the best of both worlds would be to have a Mac Mini, and a dedicated gaming PC. Assuming your current PC is relatively recent (has an Intel or AMD CPU from the last 2-3 years), it's quite possible to drop in a new GPU to breathe renewed life into your machine without spending too much money - especially with AMD releasing its new lineup in the coming weeks.
  10. peeterjozaf macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2013
    Dubai UAE
    No. I not see
  11. mslide macrumors 6502a

    Sep 17, 2007
    Why? They are very different products aimed at two completely different markets.
  12. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    I do not see Dual-Core processors in 2013 Mac mini computers. AFAIK, the new iMacs have no Dual-Core option. Dual-Core processors are less efficient than Quad-Core processors.
  13. ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    there are many i7 dual-core mobile Haswell processors with HD5100/5000/4600 graphics...consuming less than 47w (max. TDP of Mac Mini case).

    If quad-core i7 mobile Haswell processor is selected, HD4600 graphics will be combined to keep MAX TDP below 47W.

    check around...:cool:
  14. ioannis2005gr macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    Mac Pro? It seems "YES"!

    However, Mac Mini remains a "mystery", possibly because of an expected "silent update" in late Oct. 2013 similar to new iMacs.

  15. dmunz macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2010
    I just did this and, so far, am very happy. I was not concerned about the possible update of the mini as the current version runs circles around my winbox. (I take that back a bit, I was concerned about price drops but got a deal with AMX points so it balanced out.)

    I also picked up Office for Mac thorugh our work at home program and it was one of my concerns. But it has been perfect. No issues with documents and I use Outlook with my POP3 account and Mail to port my wife's account (so you can have two seporate e-mail acounts on the same Mac.)

    I'm still not use to the track pad and not having two buttons but otherwise all is well.

    Just do it.


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