I get a 10% discount on Macs through my employer, which helps... So I started looking a few months ago. I had decided on either a top-end 27" iMac, or a top end Mac Mini with a 27" Thunderbolt Monitor. The latter costs more, but is more flexible. Everything on my current iMac needs to be replaced or upgraded except for the monitor, so Mac Mini+monitor is, long term, less hideously expensive. Still not cheap, however.
But then I got an iPad. And now I fire up the iMac maybe once or twice a week. For most of my, if you will, content consumption needs the iPad is Good Enough. And portable. The iMac is, now, only used for things where I need computing power, or non Apple approved software, and for media management. So I rip DVDs with handbrake, manage ebooks with Calibre, and handle music and other video with iTunes. Do other light computing that a pad can't handle as well, or that I don't want to do on a mobile device, on the iMac.
So I don't really need that big, beautiful monitor, since I will only be looking at the screen for a few hours a week.
The new Mac Mini:
- 2.7 MHz Core i7 processor
- 8 Gb RAM (Only costs about $24 to have Apple upgrade from 4GB)
- 500 GB hard drive.
Stopped by MicroCenter and got a 24" LG monitor on sale for $150, and a copy of Windows 7 Pro OEM (to install in a VM) for the same. Going to get the Seagate GoFlex 3TB and the Thunderbolt adapter for it, for about $500. Random cables, speakers, other stuff, will probably add another $100 or so.
So around $1750 for the hardware. Not too bad. For a Mac.
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