Second hand I-mac or new Mini Mac

emamarro

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I have to migrate from Linux to Mac and I find myself to a choice: second hand I-mac 2011 or a new mini to connect to my existing monitor.
Since the machine has to be on 18 hours a day, 365 days a year, I'm wondering if is it more logical and convenient to possibly change the external monitor (as I have done in the past)or repairing the i-mac . I have no references about apple lifetime monitor , time and repair costs
Thanks for advice
Emanuele
 

vmachiel

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Depends on the price of them both. The iMac will be Sandy bridge based which is pretty old, the Mac mini is Haswell based, but the entry models is super weak. It will be supported longer and has AC wifi etc, making it a more modern system.

So specs of them both, price of them both, and what are you using it for?
 

emamarro

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Depends on the price of them both. The iMac will be Sandy bridge based which is pretty old, the Mac mini is Haswell based, but the entry models is super weak. It will be supported longer and has AC wifi etc, making it a more modern system.

So specs of them both, price of them both, and what are you using it for?
Price of the I-mac is 750 EUR and I will be using only for office work in hotel, surfing the web, cloud apps, e-mail, scanning, etc.. The only thing I am concerning is the lifetime of screen as will have to be always on
 

vmachiel

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And the Mini? For 700 euro you can get the mid tier, which is fine for your needs. It's a much more modern architecture which will receive updates for longer. Do you have screen?
 

emamarro

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And the Mini? For 700 euro you can get the mid tier, which is fine for your needs. It's a much more modern architecture which will receive updates for longer. Do you have screen?
Here are prices for new mini-mac, I have a brand new monitor 21"
  • Intel Core i5 dual-core a 1,4GHz
  • 4GB di memoria
  • Disco rigido da 500GB1
  • Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • € 569,00
  • Intel Core i5 dual-core a 2,6GHz
  • 8GB di memoria
  • Disco rigido da 1TB1
  • Intel Iris Graphics
  • OS X El Capitan
  • € 819,00
 

vmachiel

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Especially if you have new monitor, go with the mini, the second one if you can afford it of course. The Haswell processor will be faster than the Sandy Bridge one, and it will receive updates for way longer.
[doublepost=1476184175][/doublepost]Note that the second one is significantly better then the first, well worth the 250 euros.
 

Fishrrman

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If you have to get a Mini -right now-, get the "midrange" model with the 1tb fusion drive upgrade.

Minis with platter-based hard drives tend to be on the slow side...