Return mac mini for imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SteelBlueTJ, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. SteelBlueTJ macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2012
    I cant decide if i should keep refurb mini 2.3 i7 or return it for a refurb 27" imac. I was planning on getting a dell u2713hm display along with my mini, but a part if me is saying i should have just got the imac. Price difference is figured out to be

    Refurb mini $720
    16gb memory upgrade $150
    240gb ssd $200
    Dell u2713hm $600
    Total $1600

    The refurb imac i was looking at was a 27" 2012 i7 with 2gb video for $1999

    It would be nice and neater to have everything all in one to save space, less wires etc. is it worth it for $400 extra?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think so, you also get a discrete GPU to boot :)
  3. MikeChicago macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2013
    I would return the mini and go for the iMac. It's going to be more powerful and won't cost that much more. Plus it will look amazing on your desk.
  4. luminouslight macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2012
    Orlando FL
  5. mattbaar26 macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2013
    Mini, for the price you saved you could get bigger than 240 ssd or another monitor
  6. SteelBlueTJ, Oct 7, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013

    SteelBlueTJ thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2012
    Thanks. Do you think the 680 graphics with 2 gb is worth it vs buying a brand new model? I am deciding between the refurbished model i mentioned or a new i5 27" with the 1gb video and fusion for same money. Also, is there a noticeable difference between the i5 vs i7? I dont do anything too extreme. Not into gaming. Maybe some mild video editing and photoshop.

    2012 27" 3.4 ghz i7 fusion 2gb graphics
    2013 27" 3.2ghz i5 fusion 1 gb graphics

    Which one? Both are $1999. Thanks
  7. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    I would, and did, get the 2012 model. Flash storage is faster on the 2013, but I'm thinking every other aspect is actually better on the 2012 in the comparison above.
  8. bad03xtreme macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2009
    Northern, VA
    I am trying to decide between the same two at the moment as well. I think I am going to go with a Mac mini. I think it will be easier and cheaper to upgrade in the future with just a new CPU rather than the entire setup with the iMac.

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