Which one buy? 2012 Mac Pro vs 2012 Mac mini

kevinsjfl3jlj

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2012 Mac Pro 3.33Ghz(6core) 32GB ram, ATI radeon HD 5770 1024MB with 2TB HDD : $750

VS

2012 Mac mini 2.3Ghz i7 16GB ram, 1.5TB(1tb SSD, 500gb HDD 7200 rpm) : $600


I bought a 2014 Mac mini which has only 4GB ram about 1 year ago, and the model couldn't upgrade ram and couldn't install SDD. It was sucks..

So I'm looking for another used Mac. And I found two.
Please let me know which one is better to go.

It is for just basic works for now.
However it is too slow for even basic works.
Sometime, we use Photoshop too.
And I want to have a Mac something that we can use another 5 years.

Please let me know.
Thanks.
 

tedson

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I would go for the MacPro and add a cheap 128GB or 250GB SSD as a System disk as long as you don't mind the size and noise of the MacPro. All other features of the macPro are much better.
 

fastlanephil

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I second tedson’s 2012 Mac Pro recommendation for future upgradability. The Mac Pro(all 5,1 Mac Pros) will eventually need a Metal capable GPU card if you want to run Mojave.
 
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opeter

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Another vote for the Mac Pro because of the upgradability.

Yes, the Mac Pro consumes more electricity, but nevertheless the raw power is light years ahead in comparison with the Mac mini.
 
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