I'm using Aperture on a MacBook Pro (approx 2009) 2.66 GHz with 4GB of memory - one problem I have is that the color wheel is spinning … often. When running Snow Leopard I had the same problem but I thought it was a problem with that installation. But I have the same problem after having made a clean install of Lion (no migration at all of preferences etc) I have the same problem.
I'm thinking about setting up a desktop machine where one of the main uses would be running Aperture and other photo related software. However, money is always an issue so I've started to think about what hardware is needed to get a decent user experience.
I've looked at the current Macs and the Mac Pros are a bit too expensive (I'm also a bit doubtful about the performance, love the extensibility), the iMac line is not too expensive but I've never been fond of all-in-one computers, the Mac mini are not too expensive but I don't know they are an alternative for running mainly various photo apps.
My question are:
+ Which of the iMac would you recommend for running mainly Aperture?
+ Is the Mac Mini a realistic alternative for a “photo workstation”?