Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    devin_c_co
    Guest
    20" iMac or Mac Mini
    So I'm looking for my 1st Mac and looking into buying either a 20" iMac or a Mac Mini. I mainly do office stuff, internet surfing, itunes, some home movie stuff with iMovie, and some Photoshop. I donít do any gaming or 3D stuff. I will also be booting into XP and/or using parallels and XP. Iíd like the machine to last at least 3-4yrs. Which one would suit my needs the best?

    With the iMac, I am debating on either upgrading to a 500GB drive and keeping with 1GB of RAM until I can afford to upgrade the RAM within 6 months or so. Or, Upgrade to 2GB of RAM and keep the 250GB drive for the time being and add some external fire wire drives when I can afford to. With the education discount, both are pretty close in price, but I can only afford to do 1 right now. The 250GB drive would be fine for now, but I'm sure I would fill it up within a year or so since I already have close to 180GB of data. And Iíve heard that upgrading the HD in the Intel iMac is not very easy. Thatís why the 500GB drive is appealing.

    With the mini setup, I would get the 1.8GHz and 2GB of RAM. Since the largest HD for the mini is 160GB, I was just going to keep the stock 80GB drive and add a pair of external Fire wire drives 300GB or larger. Along with that, I would get a 19Ē Standard LCD or 20Ē widescreen LCD. Now a question I have with the mini is, with the older PPC models, the performance could be increased by using a external FW drive as the main drive since they were using ATA laptop drives. With the newer models having laptop SATA drives, will you see a performance increase with using External FW drive as the main drive instead of the SATA drive?

  2. #2


    Member Since
    Jan 18, 2006
    Posts
    1,868
    Specs:
    G4 Cube
    Awhile back I wrote an article on upgrading the G4 Mac Mini and compared the price of upgrading it versus just getting an iMac. The iMac won, price-wise. The prices have changed, but you can read the article here:

    http://www.wiredbynature.org/comp/mac/mini/
    Mac Sites - down for reconstruction

  3. #3

    sluzniak's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2006
    Location
    New Joisey
    Posts
    90
    Specs:
    Macbook Pro CD 2.16, 2GB ram, 256MB Video.
    Quote Originally Posted by devin_c_co
    So I'm looking for my 1st Mac and looking into buying either a 20" iMac or a Mac Mini. I mainly do office stuff, internet surfing, itunes, some home movie stuff with iMovie, and some Photoshop. I donít do any gaming or 3D stuff. I will also be booting into XP and/or using parallels and XP. Iíd like the machine to last at least 3-4yrs. Which one would suit my needs the best?

    With the iMac, I am debating on either upgrading to a 500GB drive and keeping with 1GB of RAM until I can afford to upgrade the RAM within 6 months or so. Or, Upgrade to 2GB of RAM and keep the 250GB drive for the time being and add some external fire wire drives when I can afford to. With the education discount, both are pretty close in price, but I can only afford to do 1 right now. The 250GB drive would be fine for now, but I'm sure I would fill it up within a year or so since I already have close to 180GB of data. And Iíve heard that upgrading the HD in the Intel iMac is not very easy. Thatís why the 500GB drive is appealing.

    With the mini setup, I would get the 1.8GHz and 2GB of RAM. Since the largest HD for the mini is 160GB, I was just going to keep the stock 80GB drive and add a pair of external Fire wire drives 300GB or larger. Along with that, I would get a 19Ē Standard LCD or 20Ē widescreen LCD. Now a question I have with the mini is, with the older PPC models, the performance could be increased by using a external FW drive as the main drive since they were using ATA laptop drives. With the newer models having laptop SATA drives, will you see a performance increase with using External FW drive as the main drive instead of the SATA drive?
    In my opinion, Get the 20" iMac, If you are absoulty shure you won't be doing any gaming on it then I would say get the hard drive. The memory is easy to upgrade and you seem like you would need the space. BUT if you think you would be doing any gaming on XP or and video editing, or graphic intensive work look at the video memory upgrade. I say this because its the one thing that you will have NO WAY of upgrading once it leaves apple. (aside from finding a logic board that has the upgraded video). You could always user firewire drives for storage, and it makes sense for backing up your data too. (that would suck for a 500GB hard drive to die with all your stuff on it.)and again the memory is easy to upgrade.

  4. #4

    Jonnyfive's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 02, 2006
    Location
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    Posts
    328
    Specs:
    White MacBook, 2.0 ghz Intel Core 2, 2GB ram||[G4 Imac Flat Panel] |800mhz|1Gb RAM|60gb HDD
    I would go with the 20" Imac, it's a nice all in one computer, apple has beatiful displays I am sure you won't be disapointed.
    White MacBook, 2.0 ghz Intel Core 2, 2GB ram||[G4 iMac Flat Panel] |800mhz|1Gb RAM|60gb HDD|Combo Drive http://jonnyfive.tumblr.com/

  5. #5
    devin_c_co
    Guest
    Thanks for the replies... Another ?
    Thanks for the replies. No, donít plan on doing any gaming. Never have gotten into it. The video editing would just be home movie type of stuff with iMovie.

    With the Photoshop stuff, the only thing I worry about is that some day I may be working with some very large files. But Iím still learning in PS so it may be a while until I get to that point. Not sure if the upgraded video RAM will help with working with large files in PS or not. I know that system RAM would, thatís why Iíll be going to 2GB when I can.

    Currently between my photos and mp3ís I have over 140GB. That will increase pretty quickly in size as Iím still ripping my CD collection and I take a ton of pictures. So the 250GB drive will fill up pretty fast. Which do you think would be best? Upgrade to the 500GB and get a large single FW drive for backup? OrÖ Stick with the 250GB and get 2 large FW drives, one for data another for backup? Never been a big fan of just having one drive, and no backup. Been burned beforeÖ

  6. #6

    D3v1L80Y's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 02, 2004
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    12,456
    Specs:
    MacBook
    Quote Originally Posted by devin_c_co
    Not sure if the upgraded video RAM will help with working with large files in PS or not.
    It won't make any difference. Photoshop is only a 2D application. 2D apps don't need loads of VRAM or any special 3D card or capabilities. You are correct though in stating that more system RAM will make the difference.
    :black:
    __________________________________________________
    Posting and YOU|Forum Community Guidelines|The Apple Product Cycle|Forum Courtesy

    mac: a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
    MAC: a data communication protocol sub-layer, also known as the Media Access Control
    Mac: a brand name which covers several lines of personal computers designed, developed, and marketed by Apple Inc.


  7. #7


    Member Since
    Jul 28, 2006
    Posts
    17
    I would grab the iMac it has slightly better processor and more hard drive space. I would buy the 500 gig hd now. Get the 1 ghz stick of ram so it will be really cheap to get aftermarket ram from newegg. Since the ram is like 80 bucks it will be cheaper then a external hd.
    20 inch iMac 2 ghz 2 gigs 256 mb vram
    500 mhz green machine iMac
    1 gig nano
    60 Ipod photo
    I love my collection

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. "Push" video from iMac to iPad Mini for user to watch immediately
    By yow2013 in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 04-01-2013, 04:06 PM
  2. Connect older Mac Mini to 27" iMac monitor?
    By lngwstx in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-26-2011, 04:37 AM
  3. "connect" newer imac to older mini
    By mazey in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 03-29-2011, 10:44 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •