Hello, I am new to this forum and I have a similar question. I am a photographer. I've recently upgraded my Lightroom and Photoshop and my 5 year old computer is suffocating. I am thinking of buying a new model that will fly with the new image processing tools. The performance and reliability is my preference. I don't know which is better - a desktop or a laptop. If the laptop I don't have any preference to its weight since I am mostly going to use it in the office. All my applications are Windows based, but from this thread I understood it shouldn't be a problem to switch to Mac if that is the only option I have. I am not extremely technical, also I've changed hard drives, a fan and RAM a few times. My preference is the fully assembled unit with the OS installed. What would this nice community recommend for me? Thank you!
If you are never going to take the laptop out of the office, why spend the money for portability, battery, etc.
Do you have a monitor you can re-use? If so, no need to buy a new one.
I'll tell you what I just did. I got rid of a 4-year old PC (pretty beefy at the time) in it's big case, etc. and replaced it with a MacMini. I got the fully tricked out Mac with 2.6(7) GHz CPU and the 1 TB Fusion drive. I didn't buy the Apple memory because it's expensive and installing your own is dead simple (sounds like you've done that). This machine is really snappy. Raw CPU power for LR rending is probably 50% higher than I had before, but the fusion (combo SSD/regular hard drive) makes so many things so quick.