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psymac
Dec 13, 2007, 02:32 PM
Wondering if it makes sense to sell my QS dual 1ghz and get a Mac Mini C2D or upgrade the QS with a faster video card (Ati 9800 pro, about $120 on ebay). The QS already has a fast HD and 1.5gb ram. Looks like either option would be about the same price.

I won't need to upgrade either Mac in the future, it will be the home Mac (A new Mac Pro after 1/15 will be my main Mac at work).

Thanks,
Steve



jnc
Dec 13, 2007, 02:53 PM
My choice would be Mac Mini. I like its diminutiveness, and it's finally got Core 2 Duo and 1GB ram standard. Might depend on what you're doing with OSX though.

robotnik
Dec 13, 2007, 03:05 PM
the mac mini is a "home" computer so you'd have 2 "home" computers for....what...obviously you want to do video related things cuz you're thinking of upgrading the card in the G4. what does the mac mini have that the G4 doesnt/can't? That is what you need to ask yerself:)

OllyW
Dec 13, 2007, 03:09 PM
what does the mac mini have that the G4 doesnt/can't? That is what you need to ask yerself:)

A lot more poke than a G4 :p

jnc
Dec 13, 2007, 03:10 PM
what does the mac mini have that the G4 doesnt/can't? That is what you need to ask yerself:)

Intel Core 2 Duo? Leopard? The ability to run Windows? It can fit on your hand? :p

robotnik
Dec 13, 2007, 03:14 PM
then why you askin?:D

psymac
Dec 13, 2007, 03:23 PM
Actually I was thinking that upgrading the video card would help with everyday tasks, and this is the cheapest upgrade path. CPU upgrade is over $300 and ram is at 1.5gb. I wouldn't be be doing much video, I'll leave that to the new Mac Pro after 1/15 (hoping).

jnc
Dec 13, 2007, 03:47 PM
Don't put any more money into the QS if you're getting a Mac Pro. Get the Mini. You'll still get a good price on eBay or wherever for the G4.

Blogger
Dec 15, 2007, 12:04 AM
Don't forget also that the Mac Mini has a warranty. The G4s are starting to get long in the tooth, and they don't last for ever (it just seems that way!).
On the other hand, now that people are jettisoning them, used parts are getting cheap.

mrkramer
Dec 15, 2007, 12:06 AM
get the mini especially if you plan on keeping it for a while since soon apps will start being intel only.

4JNA
Dec 15, 2007, 12:32 PM
i love the quicksilver, probably my favorite tower ever. but as the OP is for a home computer, the mini is a better choice. except for 3d games.

less power used. less heat. WAY less noise. less space. much faster for normal (home) useage. apple care. etc.

sell the quicksilver, and i bet with your current config, you would end up with half the cost or more of a refurb mini.