Currently Being ModeratedApr 30, 2012 5:05 AM (in response to Mitch Getson)
With the MBP you're paying for portability, whicih if you need it, is a good system. Did you price an iMac? When I was looking last year, a mini with upgraded graphics, keyboard, mouse, and monitor (which you have already) was not far off from an iMac, which is a more powerful system than a mini.
You probably know as a student you get an educational discount.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 30, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to Mitch Getson)
The Mac Mini is just as powerful as the MacBook Pro. I use my Mac Mini to run PhotoShop CS5 Extended all the time. However, if you need to move it around, you should get a MacBook Pro.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 5, 2012 2:11 PM (in response to Mitch Getson)
If you are really in the business of making a Mac Mini faster than the iMac and closer to the Mac Pro, then buy the Mac Mini, max it out with upgrades and then buy a Magma ExpressBox 3T so you will have access to PCIe slots on the Mac Mini. Then drop an apple flashed HD Radeon 5870 in it and it should be fast. Maybe even close to the Mac Pro. Hope this helps.