Which Mac should I buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MacFanUK, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. MacFanUK macrumors 6502a

    MacFanUK

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    I am currently using a quad core hackintosh and for a number of reasons, I am looking at buying a real Mac. Mainly, I very rarely keep hardware for longer than a year, but the hardware I'm currently using is fairly old.

    I will be doing some light video editing, graphic design and web design with this system.

    I currently use my hackintosh with 2 fairly cheap screens (1 x Dell G2410 and 1 x Samsung 2333SW), and ocassionally have Win7 in full screen mode on the 2nd display, so ideally, I would like a system that will allow me to run 2 23/24" screens.

    My options are:

    2.53GHz Mac Mini with 3rd party 500GB 7200rpm hard drive
    2.66GHz Core i5 27" iMac with standard spec
    2.66GHz Mac Pro with 6GB Ram and Wifi.

    I like the option of the Mac Mini or the Mac Pro because of the ability to have 2 identical displays, however, I'd like to eventually end up with 2 24" ACD's which I know isn't possible with the Mini and I like the 27" screen on the iMac which may even reduce the need for the 2nd display.

    I have recently started a new job doing graphic design, using Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop and am using a Windows 7 PC at work and would like to get a MBP to take with me to use instead and I'm considering the 2.66GHz 15" (well, the equivalent model when updated).

    I would ideally like my desktop mac to be a better spec than the MBP I get, but I appreciate that it's not just a case of getting higher CPU frequencies. And before anyone suggests it, I don't want to use the MBP as my desktop machine as well as my portable :)

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I'd get the Mac Pro, the Mac Mini I have to imagine isn't going to be faster then your current machine.
     
  3. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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  4. MacFanUK thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for your input. Do you not think that the DDR3 and SL are going to improve performance over my current setup? Especially if my I ran my current CPU at stock speed as the Mini would then have a faster CPU also.

    Thanks. I think SSD's are still too pricey at the moment.

    I'm curious to see why neither of you have suggested the iMac. Is it a computer worth staying away from?
     
  5. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Because you already have 2 monitors.
     
  6. chill. macrumors 6502

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    stay away from the mac pro, it is in serious need of an update
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Its all about budget?

    If you are willing to spend $3000 US on a Macpro, why bother with the rest? (although 6 gigs is not enough)

    Although if you can wait, new Macpros are not far off...

    Any of them are more than enough for design work.

    I run the entire Adobe Creative Suite 4 + Quark 8 on a 2.4 AL iMac w/4 gigs ram and it handles it all without even breaking a sweat. And I'm talking multi hundred meg Photoshop files and 100+ page Quark files with gigs of links. Not some crappy little 72 dpi web graphics and a few 3 panel brochures.

    So unless you are doing something way, way, way beyond that, any/either is fine.
     

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