Originally Posted by not1lost
I am switching to Mac from windows
But the future and cost of the MP questionable.
Also, if you didn't already know you needed one, you didn't need one.
Then I seriously considered the iMac but don't really like the limitations with an all-n-one machine
What limitations would these be? I can think of two: the hard drive's a pain to get to and the GPU's non-upgradable, but you'd get that with any other model anyway. The hard drive one is certainly a legitimate concern.
Now I am looking into the Mac Mini which I had pretty much cast aside as a toy computer... Until I started reading some reviews on it and I was quite surprised.
Yep. The little guy is truly a marvel.
I don't know if this is just hype or truth. Any serious advice would be helpful.
Depends on what you're doing. Ah, and I see that you
use a computer to build websites, some photo shop, writing blogs, and I have one research program that holds about 2000 books that does unbelievable searches from searching for every instance of a word or phrase in various languages within whatever filter I want to make it search for using a topic, word, verb tense, pronoun forms etc. etc. laying it all out in several different structures from list to charts, to graphs word clouds comparison threads in various forms - in literally seconds or sometimes on more complicated tasks under two minutes.
Do some things. Interesting things. If I may, what program would this be? It's entirely possible you'll need to run Windows on the Mac Mini to continue to use it, but if you already know there's a Mac version, that's moot.
This maxes out the core in tell i7 and the 12G of Ram and slows my system down quite a bit.
Well, let's see. Every Mac is due for an update between the start of April and the end of August (really September 21, but for once I figure Mountain Lion will be out a little earlier than Apple expects), so it's a pretty bad time to be in the market.
The CPU performance increase for the Mac Mini will be average, I expect, but perhaps we'll finally get 4GB of RAM standard on the base model, which is a very long time coming. Not that that really matters much; you should get the lowest amount of RAM possible from Apple and buy and install your own third-party for quite cheaper if you're in the market for any sort of upgrade.
As for the performance of the Mac Mini, yeah, it's something of a little powerhouse. People use it for everything from an HTPC
to a custom in-car computer
to servers for every this and that.
For everything but the last one that you stated, a Mac Mini would work quite well. With a little more information about this database searching program, we should be able to see if you need more power than it has to offer (but I doubt it).