New Purchase, Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by o.neill.kid, Aug 19, 2011.

  1. o.neill.kid, Aug 19, 2011
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    o.neill.kid macrumors member

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    So I have always had an iPod, iPhone, iPad at the start of every product launch. Now that I actually have some money I am finally able to purchase a Mac. My price range is Under $2000 (give or take taxes I suppose, also I am eligible for education discount.)

    I am having a killer time deciding what I want. I currently have a Dell laptop that is almost 4 years old, so any upgrade is an amazing upgrade to me. I use it for heavy downloading of files, movies, games etc. I do a lot of browsing / reading on the internet and so on (so screen quality and size is hugely important to me) I do game (I haven't much because I have this horrible Dell laptop) I use to play World of Warcraft, and Diablo all the time, other then that I don't play much else. I do stream 720P / 1080 P videos to my PS3 for watching. I also occasionly use Photoshop.

    I was originally looking at purchasing the 2nd highest tier 27" iMac (The one with 512 MB graphics card) but then I looked at the MacRumors buying guide and its already half way through its life cycle. I love that its a 27" screen, its 1 TB hard drive (I do have the option for external drives obviously.) and that its all in one.

    However, I have been looking at the top of the line Mac Mini (the one with the graphics chip, not the integrated Intel crap) I was going to purchase that with the 27" Thunderbolt display, yes its a smaller hard drive, the graphics chip isn't as great, and I have to purchase the keyboard and mouse separately. But its brand new.

    Which one should I choose? The Mac Mini ends up coasting a bit more, but is that the route I should go for my needs? Any help deciding is hugely helpful. Thanks!

    *Edit - another option is I could max out that Mac Mini in specs (other then the SSD) and save money and just get a Dell monitor? Or am I better off with the Thunderbolt?
     
  2. JG271 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd go for the iMac, the specs are much better for a smaller cost - especially the graphics card. Even though it is mid product cycle, the last update was fairly major so the next update might not be for a while or not significant (usually just a slight processor speed boost).

    Only reason I would go for the mini/screen route is if you wanted to change the computer down the line (to a mac laptop maybe) and still have the improved screen space.

    Hope this helps :)
     
  3. o.neill.kid thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, if I were to go with the iMac. Do you think it is better to go with the 27-inch 2.7GHz AMD Radeon HD 6770M with 512MB for my needs? Or bump it up to the 27-inch 3.1GHz AMD Radeon HD 6970M with 1GB?
     
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  5. o.neill.kid thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright thanks everybody. More opinions would be awesome to help support me more :D
     
  6. njsa04playa macrumors 6502

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    any more questions?!
     
  7. imswimmin macrumors regular

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    For about $1900, you can get a refurbished 3.4 Ghz 27" iMac.

    That may be something you want to look into. Congrats on your purchase! :)
     
  8. o.neill.kid thread starter macrumors member

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    Well as this is one my largest purchases I have ever made, I want to make sure I take care of it. Any tips / tricks of getting the iMac not only running in tip top shape, but looking great as well? What are some good / bad things the physically clean the screen and aluminum? Any other help with this purchase would be incredible

    I was going to go down the refurbished route, but I know I am better off purchasing new. I don't want the hassle, even though I know it would work like a charm. Its like buying a refurbished hard drive. You don't know whats really happened to it.

    Plus 3.4 Ghz sounds awesome, but anything is better then my current 1.6 Ghz monstrosity of a crap Dell laptop.
     
  9. MSM Hobbes macrumors 6502

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    Save some cash... go refurb path - highly recommended. I'd rather take that avenue - which I have before, with no negatives at all. Same warranty, same service, excellent product,,, less money.
     
  10. Young Spade macrumors 68020

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    Just get the baseline iMac of whatever size you want. For your usage, that will be more than enough.

    Don't get any upgrades from Apple; you can't upgrade the internal HD (from what I've read)
     
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    agree with this
     

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