What would best suit my needs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Danando1993, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Danando1993 macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hi, im wanting to upgrade from my macbook to a desktop mac but unsure what to buy. Imac i3, i5, i7? or mac mini?
    It would not at the moment be used for intense things, i will mainly use it for photographs, internet surfing, emails, basic assignments and some light graphic design. I would like it to last a good amount of time as ill need it for university projects web design etc. Im not clueless with what i need but need some advice

    Also occasional gaming

    Thanks :)
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    A used 2006 iMac, doesn't matter which model.

    Otherwise, a new Mac Mini.
  3. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    Mac Mini and i3 iMac will meet all of your needs except, maybe, the gaming part. It depends on which games you want to play and how long you want to be able to decently play currently released games. In that respect, iMac is a better bet. Do you have a display already? Do you care about color accuracy in your photos or graphic designs? If 'no' to both, definitely iMac.
  4. Danando1993 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2010
    Types of games i would play would include Starcraft, football manager 2011 and perhaps WoW and CoD. I have currently got a 20" display but i would probably buy a new 1 if i bought the mac mini. Yeah the colours would matter for my graphic design work but not majorly.
  5. pgtruesdell macrumors member


    Jul 29, 2010
    I'd get an iMac. Good CPU and GFX for decent gaming and a nice large screen for Graphic Design stuff. I would also go for a 27" if you can manage that. The screen real estate is great for Graphic Design.

    Just my 2 cents.
  6. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    Ok all of those games will play on the mini, but certainly not as well as on the iMac. Since both systems are closed, I'd say buy the best system you can if you're concerned about gaming in the future. But, if you're more casual, the mini should suffice as you can update sooner than the iMac due to its lower cost.

    Now, if color correction matters, keep in mind the iMac has a very reflective display that is difficult to calibrate. It's an IPS panel so you get that advantage, but LEDs have not caught up to CFLs for color (well, RGB LEDs are great, but most are white LED). It all depends on how concerned you are. The iMac has a great display except for the glossy part. If you're not doing much print work, you should be fine though.
  7. Danando1993 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2010
    thanks for the help guys looks like an imac it is, one last thing how smooth would adobe photoshop run on an imac i3?
  8. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    it should run well unless you plan on having absolutely humongous files w/ many many effects and such.
  9. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    Agreed. If you have issues, bump up the RAM to 8GB and it should fly. Enjoy :)
  10. Danando1993 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 14, 2010

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