Which would you get?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by coffee610, Oct 27, 2012.

  1. coffee610 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2012
    Which would you buy for photoediting...

    Option 1: Old iMac Quad i5 with HDD only (hoping to add a SSD for boot later to this, but unsure if I can - seems like a difficult task from my reading)

    Option 2: New Mac Mini Quad i7, 16RAM, 256SSD (hoping to add a HD to this at some point, but unsure if I can)
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    I only buy Minis and would never consider any all in one computer.
  3. mystic man macrumors member

    Nov 1, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    if you re only interested about performance I d say the mac mini

    but you need to consider 2 things

    first, imac comes with beautiful display and keyboard/mouse-trackpad

    mac mini comes with usb 3.0
  4. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008

    Why? The Mini is faster and the HD 4000 is more than enough for photoshop.
  5. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    I do pro image editing. I switched from a 24" iMac to a 2.3GHz Mini with 16GB RAM from Crucial ($82) connected to a 24" NEC2490WUXi2 display. My Photoshop scratch disk is a 7200rpm FW 800 external drive. (In another thread someone suggested creating a RAM disk for scratch use instead of relying on the slow 5400rpm internal drive.)

    Barefeats.com is a good place to see how Photoshop runs on various Mac configurations including SSD and GPU performance.

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