Which machine to buy? Help!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AppleMooseMan, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. AppleMooseMan macrumors regular

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    I really am quite indecisive when it comes to purchasing computers, so I would appreciate your advice. I already have an Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse and display. I'd be using my machine for photoshop, aperture and final cut.
    I may like to sell it in two years so that is another factor. This indecisiveness is driving my crazy so I'd really like your input!

    27 inch iMac i5 3.2 + fusion + gtx 680mx 2GB ram = 1997

    27 inch iMac i7 3.4 + fusion + gtx 680mx 2GB ram = 2155

    21 inch iMac i7 3.1 + fusion + gt 650 m 512MB ram = 1618

    Mac Mini i7 2.3 + crucial ram and SSD = 848

    Mac Mini i7 2.6 + crucial ram and SSD = 926

    Mac Mini i7 2.3 + built in SSD and crucial ram = 989

    Mac mini i7 2.3 + fusion and crucial ram = 950
     
  2. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Either iMac with i7 CPU, 16gb, and 3tb fusion
    Or
    Maxed out mini


    Much depends on if you really like your current display.
     
  3. MagicThief83 macrumors 6502

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    Look at bold for future proofing-for selling after two years, consider the 21.5".
     
  4. AppleMooseMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    One of the drawbacks to the mini is the integrated intel 4000 graphics.
    How much better would the GT 650M be?
     
  5. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    For still images, no problem. If you will do games or video, you want a GPU.

    I would go iMac with apple care. Look for package pricing such as at B&H..
     
  6. MagicThief83 macrumors 6502

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    Way better-discrete graphics (especially nvidia's new kepler architecture) trumps integrated. I ordered a high-end 27" with the i7, 1TB Fusion, and 680MX. Otherwise, I would have opted for the high-end 21.5" with the GT 650M. I wanna game in Bootcamp and want the best possible performance. Also, I maxed the computer out, because unlike you, this will hopefully be my driver for the next 4-5 years. Get the 21.5" period.
     
  7. AppleMooseMan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for your feedback. I have chosen the 21.5 inch with an i7 & GT 650M.
    To say I'm excited would be an understatement :D
     

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