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I have a dilemna in which i dont know weither to get a mac mini w/upgraded ssd and 16gb of ram or a custom built pc with a 600 to 700 dollar budget

asked Jan 06 '13 at 17:32

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Well to be honest you can build quite the pc with 700 bucks, though it depends on software. Most people use macs for video because of iMovie and Final Cut Pro if your truly into it. The editing possibilities on mac are limitless, on pc I have yet to find software as easy and powerfull as apples.

answered Jan 06 '13 at 18:03

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if you want to do video editing then avoid a mac mini. a mac mini is basically a laptop. You are getting much slower hardware for a steep price.

For $700, if you are building, you can get a PC that will offer close to high end performance as you will be able to have most of your components in a range where you are getting great performance per dollar but not in area where you are mostly dealing with diminishing returns.

PS mas mini's require more maintenance than a desktop PC as you have to more regularly clean the heatsink. or it will get loud and throttle (they have a bunch at the college I go to and they budgeted the graphic design department in a weird way, video editing gets the mac pro's, photo editing and 3d modeling gets the imacs and mac mini's. Using batch functions on the photoshop on the mac mini will cause them to run the cooling fans at full speed and throttle. (they run windows 7 x64 on on all of the systems except the mac pro)

when making the system as small as possible, they try to save space on the cooling by having it able to just handle the temperatures in a new state + 10% extra, so dust buildup will quickly cause problems.

the imac uses mostly the same cooling across the series since there are no real space issues. (they can make the imac half it's size and still fit all of the components in it.

for a desktop PC, you will get the best system for the money, especially when it comes to video editing when a final render will mean your computer will be at 100% load for a full day or 2.

(At a company I did a few builds for, they had me build 2 $10,000 computers at 2 different desks (4 total) so that workers can more efficiently use their time since they were working with 4K video and even with top end components, it would still take a long time to render content)

answered Jan 06 '13 at 18:04

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edited Jan 06 '13 at 18:42

Why not a used MacBook? Apple has a good chunk of refurb laptops at not much higher than your price point.

answered Jan 06 '13 at 18:57

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I actually think that the Mac Mini is a very good option for getting into video work. Because it's a Mac, you'll get the advantages of Apple's iMovie, and if you want to further your work, you can use Final Cut Pro X. Sadly, if you were to build a computer, you would get phenomenal performance, but the only good video editing software (in my opinion), Adobe Premiere Pro is somewhere around $700 (if I can recall correctly).

You could always go the route of building a hackintosh. Since Apple's left their Pro users in the dark, they're practically encouraging people to build their own Mac. If you'd like assistance through the process, I might be able to help. I think that you could build your own Mac, and get insane performance that will fit in your price range.

answered Jan 06 '13 at 23:58

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