Which would you get?

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

  1. coffee610 macrumors newbie

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    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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