I just made out at around $2500 (before print and shipping costs) for my last shoot and I'm finally going to upgrade my computer with the proceeds!
I've been editing on a 2006 Macbook 13" for... well, since I got it! It's never been a huge issue for me unitl the past 6 months or so and especially now that I'm doing paid work, I really need to get a larger, calibrated monitor. My Macbook is also exceptionally slow when editing photos... mine is a 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB DDR2 RAM. It's also a huge inconvenience that Lightroom 5 isn't even supported on my macbook
I know I can get a PC with much nicer specs for cheaper than a mac and blah, blah, blah... but I'm really skeptical on going that route. I used PC's in the past and had nothing but bad experiences on them, the macbook however, has been nothing but a pleasure (actually, the shoddy charge cable annoyed me, other than that though, it's been great).
I'm leaning toward picking up a mac-mini and finding a nice monitor to go with it. My question is, will the basic Mac-Mini be enough for editing in LR and the occasional video or PS tweak? 95% of what I do on my Macbook is LR editing or internet browsing (the later will still be done on it after I have a desktop), so I'm figuring just the basic Mac-Mini should be fine, but I'm wondering if anyone thinks the quad core version is worth the extra pennies just for photo editing? Or should I go with an iMac? Or does someone have an incredibly strong argument for why I should switch to PC (it's really going to take a lot to convince me)?
I'm pretty novice when it comes to computers, I know roughly what things are for and I'm pretty sure I'd want the fusion drive for whichever one I get and I'd definitely upgrade the RAM myself (did it on my macbook, I imagine it's not much harder on the Mini), but aside from that I'm sort of in the dark. I could also use advice on a monitor, anything between 20" and 30" should be plenty for me. I've been browsing a lot of IPS monitors on Amazon and there are so many to choose from, some with much higher resolution and the same cost... the last monitor I bought was my 51" Samsung Plasma (which is great!), but I feel like the specs on a TV are much different from the ones I should look for on a monitor, especially since video isn't a priority.
Thank you so much for any and all advice!