New Mac Mini/desktop purchase

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by unravel1, Nov 20, 2014.

  1. unravel1 macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2014
    Hi everyone,

    I'm looking at buying or building a desktop computer soon. Basically just looking for a decently powerful machine to run MacOS primarily, and potentially Linux or Windows through boot camp. Ableton Live 9 is the most intensive program I use. I was looking at the new Mac Mini, but it seems obvious that I might be able to build a more capable machine for less money. Any opinions or advice? I'd be interested to hear your recommended setups for this situation.

    Kind regards,
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Can Ableton (Mac version) utilize multiple CPU's?

    If so, hunting down a late-2012 i7 2.3 or 2.6ghz might be an option...
  3. cinealta macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    If Ableton is like Logic and can take advantage of multiple cores then you need a quad i7. Look for a 2012 refurb.
  4. unravel1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2014
    Yes it does support multi-core processing. Might look into a refurbished 2012 model then. Much appreciated, thanks.

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