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So my church needs a replacement for our iMac that just crapped out on us after six good years of performance.... Now I personally despise Apple, but it would be suicide to get a WIndows based machine in there right now because of all the programs we've bought for the Mac and the hardware too.

So please, I already know I could get MUCH more for the money if I went and built my own PC for this purpose, but it HAS to be a Mac.

Anyhoo, the new Mac Mini's come with Intel HD 3000 or an AMD 6630m. The 6630 only has 256MB of VRAM, and I'd like to have more, honestly. We'll be playing HD videos on a spanned screen resolution of 3840 x 1024, so it's gotta be able to handle that. We're using a program called ProPresenter to do this.

Our iMac had a Radeon 2600 series with 256MB's of VRAM and it worked decently well with a hiccup here and there.

Anyways, should we hold off a bit longer on a replacement? Wait for Apple to put something a little beefier in the way of GPU? Also, the Mac Minis have Thunderbolt, and I heard of some external PCIe slots for GPU's. Any idea if this could potentially support that?

Thanks for your help! smile.gif

PS, iMac's are out of our budget.
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iMac's might be out of your budget, but I would try to find a way to expand the budget. If you could get the job done on a six-year-old iMac, then the current Mac Mini will probably be enough. But the Mac Mini's hardware is so compromised that I can not in good conscience recommend that anybody buy one. Crappy laptop hard drive, crappy integrated graphics, not anything I would use for any mission-critical work. We have a couple of them in our office and I despise them. They're both Intel Macs, but I prefer the dual G5 in my office to either of the Minis (I work for a guy who loves Apple...lol).

The Mini will work, but you'd be a lot happier using a real desktop computer and it would also last longer.
     
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