Which iMac/Mini to replace Dell

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dukedvl, Sep 3, 2010.

  1. dukedvl macrumors member

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    I have decided it is finally time to replace my Dell Dimension desktop with a new Mac. I currently use a late 2008 2.53 MBP as my primary computer as the Dell desktop has become extremely slow to use. The Dell is mainly being used as a central place to store my music and movies. I am trying to determine if I should go the route of getting an iMac or possibly a Mini (since I have gotten used to not using the desktop).

    I think if I had a faster desktop I would use it more often as it wouldn't be such a pain. I plan on using the desktop for the usual web browsing, music, and movies as well as using Photoshop, iMovie, Handbrake, and will need to run Windows 7 using Fusion. I don't play any games at this time. I have been looking at the the refurbs as well as the new models as I do qualify for the education discounts, iPod, and printer.

    The main thing that throws a monkey wrench into which model to buy is that I tend to keep my computers for awhile and don't upgrade just because new technology has come out. I have had my current desktop for 7 years and my previous desktop I had for 9 years.

    If I go the iMac route, I want one of the 27" models. I know the Refurb 3.06GHz model for $1269 will probably get me by with what I need to do today but I am worried about how it will be 5 years down the line. I know it is probably overkill but i have also been looking at the Refrub i7 for $1699 as well as the new i7 model which would be about $200 more than the refurb after selling the iPod and printer.

    The other option is to just get a Refurbished Mini ($599) or Server ($849) and use it how I am currently using my Dell Desktop for music and movies. If I go this route, I do have a wired Apple keyboard, monitor (Only 18"), and trackpad so I would not have to buy those, but I would need to buy an external HDD as my music would not even fit on the Mini 320GB HDD. I am worried if I go this route, it would not last as many years as an iMac would.

    The Back To School Promo ends on Tuesday, so if I am going to go the new route for any of the models I probably need to order over the weekend. Any thoughts or input on which way would be the best route or is there a different model in the middle that would be a better fit? Thanks in advance for your help.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    iMac is significantly better bang for the buck. The 27" display is already 1000$ and you can't even compare it with the 18" you have. If you have the $, I would get the i5 or i7 refurb as those are much faster in HandBrake and more "future-proof"
     
  3. willieva macrumors 6502

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    Since you're going to be using the new computer as a work computer, the imac is probably worth the extra money. Bigger screen, faster everything. And add in the cost of at least 2 more gig for the mini if you're going to be running a vm.
     
  4. jamied95 macrumors 6502

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    I'd get the iMac, by the time you factor in the cost of getting a screen, the cost difference can't be that great?
     
  5. dukedvl thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the input. I have ruled out the Mini am leaning towards the refurbished i7.

    Do you feel the $200 net difference after selling the iPod and printer is not worth the upgrade to the new i7? I am thinking for what I would be using it for, I probably wouldn't benefit much from the newer model. One advantage is that I could get the 2TB HDD instead of the 1TB. I could just get an external to address any space issues.
    Decisions, decisions . . . thanks again.
     
  6. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    Certainly the iMac whether it is new or refurbished.
     
  7. dukedvl thread starter macrumors member

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    I went ahead an ordered the refurbished i7. The difference between the new and refrub was closer to $250 since I was also able to get the printer with the refurb model, which I still plan on selling. I figured I could use the difference between the two and put it towards an external hard drive or more memory if necessary. Thanks everyone for their input.
     
  8. vistadude macrumors 65816

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    Just curious, can you get the "free" ipod with refurbished macs? That would be a pretty sweet deal.

    Although I'm way late to the thread, i would recommend the i7 since you keep your computers for a long time...
     
  9. dukedvl thread starter macrumors member

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    Nope, education discount and iPod only with a new purchase, not the refurbished.
     

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