Hi all, First, thanks for taking the time to view my thread - I greatly appreciate it as I'm in a bit of a pickle at the moment. I'm faced with a decision of whether to purchase an iMac or Macbook Pro. I cannot afford brand new versions (or even the refurbished ones from Apple), and so I am looking more so at purchasing one off Ebay. The year of Mac within my price range is: Macbook Pro 13" - Mid-Late 2010 Macbook Pro 15" - Late 2008/09 iMac 21.5" - Late 2009 iMac 21.5" - Late 2010 I'm wondering which of these would be the best option for me. I currently own: > iPhone 4 16gb > iPad 4th Generation 16gb (WiFi only) > Sony laptop > HP desktop Here are some criterion that I'd use the machine for. > As it stands, I very rarely use my desktop PC favouring my iPad and (current) laptop. I find it too much of a bother to sit at a desk rather than on a comfy seat for a computer that is very much equal to the performance of my current laptop. If I purchased an iMac, who knows, this may change, but I cannot say for definite that it would. > I am looking to play two games on the computer. Minecraft, being the first one, and RuneScape, being the second. I don't personally think either game is very demanding, though I have noticed with RuneScape that my current laptop (which is only 1 year old) is struggling to perform at High Graphics, and so I have had to reduce them to near-nothing (though I am perfectly fine with playing on the lowest graphics settings on RuneScape, I'd prefer some flexibility with Minecraft). > I already have an iPad for portability/mobile use, though it tends to lack when I want to play one of two games or write sections of novels. This may be able to be resolved simply by purchasing a third-party keyboard case for the iPad, as I purchased "Pages" last year for it (the gaming, I'm not as concerned about as I only really go out of the house when going to my grandparents EVERY weekend from 6pm-9pm (approx.). > Next year I'll be studying Chemistry, Computing, Maths and either Biology or Electronics at A-Level. It may be of some use to be able to take a machine with me to the sixth form, though it's not entirely necessary as they provide laptops for one period (2-hours long) and also the iPad may do all that I need it to do. > I wanted to try out some amateur video/photo editing as well as App development in the future. > Of the used-items I've seen on Ebay, the iMacs are almost always in better condition than the Macbook Pros (most likely due to them not being dragged about the house/outside and having the increased possibility of being dropped), and I tend to obsess about scratches on the screen of my devices. (It's a bit extreme, I know, but I seem to find the scratch and I can see that it's actually distorting some of the pixels and it crazes me to the point where I have to put the device down). This is all I can think of at the current moment that would help decide what device to purchase. If you require any more information feel free to ask and I'll do my best to deliver. I just really need some help deciding what device to purchase. I only really have one shot at getting one this year, then I have to wait another year or two to purchase a new one. Many Thanks in advance.