Help me decide: new 27" iMac or min+monitor ?

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Help me decide: new 27" iMac or min+monitor ?
Oct 26, 2012


First off, I am not a pro photographer just an avid photo enthusiast.

FWIW:  I am not a computer genius, so must be easy to just turn on and use.  

Am ready to retire my current  iMac 20" Intel 2 Ghz Core Duo, 2GB RAM OSX 10.6.8 due to not being able to load latest programs like Aperture 3.4, ACR 7,  PSE 11, and Topaz software.

Have my photo and video libraries on an WD Studio 2TB external hard drive.  About 22,000 photos. and a few videos.

Not sure what I should upgrade to:

  • new 27" iMac or min+external monitor.
  • cost ie. budget.  27" iMac fully loaded or same bits with mini.
  • size of monitor.  27" on iMac or 27"-24"(?) external monitor if I buy a mini.
  • monitor calibration.  I have heard iMac monitors can't be calibrated ie. too bright out of box.  But, external monitors like an Eizo are expensive.  I like to print my pictures. I have problems with WYSIWYG even though I calibrate with eye-one display 2>Epson 2200 inkjet printer.
  • RAM.  iMac soldered in, can't be easily upgraded by user.  Mini can easily be user upraded.
  • Amount of RAM.  How much do I need?  Should I max it out to begin with?

Thanks for any advice and recommendations.   Pro and cons of each system.  What do you think would be best for me.
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