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Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Deciding between mac mini and iMac

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I am trying to decide between the iMac and the mac mini. I'm not sure if the gpu in the mac mini is good enough for my needs.

I'm mostly going to be using it for video editing (possibly iMovie depending on if it's sufficient, or pinnacle studio), photoshop, illustrator, indesign.

The mac mini only goes up to 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 and the iMac goes up to 3.6GHz quad-core Intel Core i5. Does it matter that the mac mini has a slower processor but is i7 and the iMac has a faster processor but is i5? What speed do I need? I don't really want to overspend.

Also, do I need 8gb or 16gb of ram? And is the 1tb fusion drive basically the same as having a 128gb ssd and a 872gb hd?

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You can upgrade the iMac to a 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7.

Always buy the best you can afford. things you can never upgrade on either of these machines: Video Card, CPU. get the best of both.

MBP 17" 2011, 2.3GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB RAM
MacMini 2011, 2.7GHz Intel Dual-Core i7, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 6630M 256MB RAM
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