New imac i3 or mac mini 2010

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Bodzio1, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. Bodzio1 macrumors newbie

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    Hi i wont buy something from apple new imac or mac mini or refurbished(if yes then which one to choose?) This will be first mac for me.what to buy??????
     
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    Do you already have a monitor and other peripherals you will need with Mini? What is your budget and usage? In my opinion, the iMac is better deal as it's faster plus has the screen etc
     
  3. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

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    Deciding on buying refurbish or "brand new" is a personal choice. My wife hates buying refurbish items. Whether it be a vehicle, TV or computer, she hates the idea of buying something that was repaired. For me, I love the "cost savings" idea of buying pre-owned (and fixed). As long as it works and I save money, then refurbish is my default choice. But since my wife has the buying power in my home (especially since its "her" iMac), she picked the brand new purchase method. Buying new or refurbish is a personal choice...

    Buying a Mac Mini or iMac is a personal choice as well. If into typical "home usage with NO games" usage and all one needs the "the box", then I'd buy the Mac Mini. Use existing monitor, keyboard, speakers, etc. is great on a Mini. Run it for 2-3 years and if/when it lags, I would upgrade to better Mac Mini. If into gaming, then go with the highest CPU and video setup. Gaming usage does drive one into higher end 27" i5 / i7 CPUs. i7 CPUs are needed for most intense games.

    For my home, my wife picked the 2.15" "middle of the pack" box. re: 21.5" with i3 3.2 and better video card. If she plans to run the odd future game, it should do her OK. Not the best but OK. And for her typical home usage (NO games) with limited desk space, this small size screen box should fit her needs pefectly. Especially since we do NOT have existing monitor, keyboard or mouse - to connect to a possible Mac Mini box instead. For my wife, ALL-IN-ON iMac box looks better. NO wires and mixing of different H/W items either - which she loves as well.

    Good luck - on which ever you decide to pick...

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  4. Bodzio1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have 3 yers old monitor, keyboard,mouse plus spekars i want buy a led monitor plus apple keyboard plus mac mini for 699+69+tax + 250 or imac i3 for 1200 plus tax or ref from 930 and up.my wife like imac.difficult choice
     
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    Get the iMac, it's only little more and it's faster and the display is great
     
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  7. bigmacman macrumors member

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    iMac will be a better choice. If you want to save some $, get a refurb 21.5" from last year's model.
     
  8. Thermonuclear macrumors 6502

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    I've just spent an entire month on this question. I decided to buy a 21.5 inch 3.2 GHz iMac instead of a new Mini primarily because the value for the money metric of the iMac is significantly better.

    If the 2010 Mini had been more reasonably priced at US$500 vs US$700, it would have been a different story.
     
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  11. Bodzio1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I get Imac i3 3.06Ghz + ipod touche 8Gb +2yr AppleCare Protection Plan + tax for $1379 I thinking i make good deal what you think?:confused:
     
  12. knux11 macrumors regular

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    u can buy applecare from elsewhere for much cheaper.

    otherwise, decent buy. I'd sell the ipod touch to make it even better.
     
  13. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...get the refurb prev gen mac mini for $589...
     
  14. bigmacman macrumors member

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    Not bad. Enjoy your new gears.
     
  15. Spike88 macrumors 6502a

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    This one caught my eye. There's a saying in some regions. re: "if one keeps the wife happy during the day, she keeps the husband happy at night". :eek: If your wife wants the iMac, then (in the long run), one should get the iMac. Thus, you become happy as well. Works for me (in my region).... If wondering, my wife's iMac 21.5" 3.2 1 TB system will be delivered soon. Hopefully, before this Friday. Only time will tell...

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  16. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

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    I agree with you. Go for the iMac you wont be disappointed.
     
  17. Bodzio1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For Apple Care Protection Plan All Models iMac pay $63 its good deal?
     
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    Yeah, for 63$, AppleCare is worth it. Where do you get it for that price?
     
  19. Bodzio1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I want to buy this on ebay.
     
  20. Hellhammer Moderator

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    eBay is risky, there are so many threads about it. 63$ sounds too low as it's 179$ from Apple
     
  21. Bmaintz macrumors member

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    I had to take a double look at that low $63 price...
    I beleive he emails you a unlock code, no packet in the snail mail...
    Be careful...:eek:
     
  22. Bodzio1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I buy on ebay everything was fine now i got apple care plan to 2013
     

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