10 Replies Latest reply: Jan 16, 2015 7:03 PM by bobdude06119
Star Nuts Level 1 (0 points)

My iMac just completely broke down after having multiple issues with it and now I'm looking at getting a new Mac. I love the iMac, but I'm not gonna deny that it's pretty expensive. If I get one, I'll just go all the way and get the 27''. Otherwise, I was thinking about getting the Mac Mini and just getting a seperate monitor. I don't do any gaming or anything like that. I use my Mac for internet, movies, editing pictures, and that's pretty much it. My reasoning for getting the Mini is that because it's so cheap, I won't feel so bad about upgrading in a few years. With the iMac, it'll be hard to justify to my wife why I want to spend another $1,000+ in a few years. What do you think?

  • shldr2thewheel Level 7 (25,865 points)


  • -=Matt=- Level 1 (75 points)

    Do you do any video editing?


    I play games like Battlefield 3 on my iMac and i know that the Video editing and 3D artwork uses a lot more resources than playing the latest games.


    Also remember that if you get a Mac Mini then you will be without an optical drive unless you purchase an external drive. I seldom use mine but i know others that use them quite frequently.

  • R C-R Level 6 (17,400 points)

    Since you mention price is an important factor, don't overlook Apple Refurbished Macs. They come with the same warranty as new Macs & are refurbished to "like new" conditions.


    The last two iMacs we bought were refurbs & they have been just as problem free as any brand new ones we have bought.

  • donny Level 6 (10,310 points)

    I was looking at this the other day and decided an iMac (21 inch) is the way to go. Here's why: yes the Mac mini is cheaper, but by the time you add in a decent monitor you are nearing the price of an iMac. Plus, the iMacs are a lot faster. You'll get more life out of an iMac and it has more expandibility as far as installing memory. When it seems slow add more memory for $100 or less depending on how much and pricing at the time. The Mac Mini will fill up and seem slower before the iMac. Plus, the iMac has the optical drive and thunderbolt.

  • ikerf Level 1 (25 points)

    I was caught in the same situation but the element that made me buy an iMac, was the integrated webcam & microphone.

  • Eric Fauque Level 3 (985 points)

    Top Mac Mini: $799

    Apple mouse + keyboard: $118 ( not included with the mini )

    Apple MacBook Air SuperDrive $79.00 ( No DVD/CD drive included with the mini)

    24" LCD around $170

    Mini display port to DVI adapter to connect LCD $34.00

    Basic webcam around $40.00


    Total for Mac Mini: $1240


    Total for iMac 21": $1199 Including; keyboard, mouse, monitor, superdrive,webcam.

    The iMac as a quad core i5 versus a dual core i5 in the Mini.


    So in the end, the price is almost the same, but with the Mini you can replace the LCD for under $200 if it is dead in a few years.

    Changing the LCD in a iMac will cost at least $500.00


    You can also reuse the LCD bought with a Mac Mini with a other computer later on.


    It's up to you!

  • omniispace Level 1 (0 points)

    I thought that the Mac Mini had a thunderbolt port for connecting external optical drives.

  • carboncow Level 1 (0 points)

    THis is a no brainer fomr Mac Mini...but one from the refurb site...get the latest i7. Get 16gb memory for crucial, put your own SSD in it and buy a 27" ips (no Apple) screen for about $350 from an alternate vendor. I have this setup on my desktop at work for under $1200 and the ability to replace things in the future with little hassle. Plus you get better ports on the Mini for legacy items such as FW800 that Apple should be embarrased they ommited on the new iMacs. Nobody needs a superdrive...it's 2013!

  • deijmaster Level 1 (0 points)

    do not touch the Mac min, horrible machine, money down the drain. Do not belive the reviews, in real world applications, it's horribly slow!

  • bobdude06119 Level 1 (0 points)

    You shouldn't get either one. Apple has not upgraded its software to cope with them. You'll never be happy with Safari.