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Chad H
Mar 14, 2008, 02:05 PM
Hey guys,
I finally ordered my Mac Mini. :D I got it from the Apple refurb store. I got a 1.83ghz Intel Core Duo w/ 80GB HD. I just now ordered 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB Hitachi Travelstar SATA 7200 RPM 16MB cache HD to replace the factory one, all this from OWC. I think this should be sufficient to handle most of what I can throw at it. I am pretty damn excited because it will all be going through my 37" LCD HDTV. :apple:



Noobish
Mar 14, 2008, 02:12 PM
Congrats on the new purchase. I hope you enjoy it.

vansouza
Mar 14, 2008, 02:13 PM
Hey guys,
I finally ordered my Mac Mini. :D I got it from the Apple refurb store. I got a 1.83ghz Intel Core Duo w/ 80GB HD. I just now ordered 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB Hitachi Travelstar SATA 7200 RPM 16MB cache HD to replace the factory one, all this from OWC. I think this should be sufficient to handle most of what I can throw at it. I am pretty damn excited because it will all be going through my 37" LCD HDTV. :apple:

Good for you, you are quite brave to be modding your new toy... I get the shakes just thinking of it... I did add memory to my iMac which was easy as breathing, and to my MBpro and MB, almost as easy. But I draw the line and hard drive replacement except on the MB which is easy... so props to you. Welcome to the club.

bc008
Mar 14, 2008, 02:14 PM
congrats! the mini always seemed like such a cool computer

Chad H
Mar 14, 2008, 02:18 PM
Thanks guys! Im hoping it will move pretty good with the mods I am making.

clyde2801
Mar 14, 2008, 02:21 PM
hope you weren't wanting applecare on it. a rep with applecare told me you void it when you replace the hd.

you have to have an apple authorized service provide install apple authorized ram and hard drives.

good luck!

Globetrotter
Mar 14, 2008, 03:09 PM
Though it only has the Intel GMA 950 inside, which means strictly office and internet surfing :p

ale500
Mar 14, 2008, 03:19 PM
I want a Mini but I'll hold a bit till they update them. 530 (with discount) is just too much, but if they were updated, well it would be better. I can get an iMac for 1000 !, I have a screen already...

Chad H
Mar 14, 2008, 03:43 PM
No, I'm not worried about that. I have enough experience in replacing cpu parts. I just hope it works like I want it too.

clyde2801
Mar 14, 2008, 04:09 PM
imac will be quicker, and you can easily add the screen to it, too. that's why i went from the mini to the imac

Shotglass
Mar 14, 2008, 04:24 PM
imac will be quicker, and you can easily add the screen to it, too. that's why i went from the mini to the imacYou're not helping. At least not the OP.

Chad H
Mar 14, 2008, 04:55 PM
imac will be quicker, and you can easily add the screen to it, too. that's why i went from the mini to the imacThanks for the information after I had just posted I ordered a mini. Very helpful.:rolleyes:

pilotError
Mar 14, 2008, 05:07 PM
I picked up the same Mini.

I'm using it to replace my POS Dell...

I'm looking for a firewire enclosure so I can pull the Dell's Hard Drive and use it as an external boot drive for when I need windows.

Chad H
Mar 14, 2008, 05:25 PM
Well I have researched a ton on the mini and can you tell it run other OS's just fine.

MacFanBoyIIe
Mar 14, 2008, 05:33 PM
I'm looking for a firewire enclosure so I can pull the Dell's Hard Drive and use it as an external boot drive for when I need windows.

Check out OWC for FW enclosures. :)

Chad H
Mar 14, 2008, 05:35 PM
I will post pics of this install once it takes place. If I had some balls I would swap out the chips. But I'm not gonna mess anything up. ;)

VoodooDaddy
Mar 14, 2008, 07:41 PM
Mini is a great machine. Thats gonna be a screamer.

Installing the ram in kinda scary, I aint gonna lie. Actually cracking open the case is the worst of it. But if you go slow, and have been inside a few computers in your day, not much to it.

Chad H
Mar 14, 2008, 07:43 PM
I have watched alot of video's on it. I have cracked open a ton of PC's in my day. So I think I can handle it. Just like you said though, I will definitely take my time and be very careful.

gkarris
Mar 14, 2008, 09:02 PM
Hey guys,
I finally ordered my Mac Mini. :D I got it from the Apple refurb store. I got a 1.83ghz Intel Core Duo w/ 80GB HD. I just now ordered 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB Hitachi Travelstar SATA 7200 RPM 16MB cache HD to replace the factory one, all this from OWC. I think this should be sufficient to handle most of what I can throw at it. I am pretty damn excited because it will all be going through my 37" LCD HDTV. :apple:

Not the Core 2 Duo?

VoodooDaddy
Mar 14, 2008, 09:43 PM
I have watched alot of video's on it. I have cracked open a ton of PC's in my day. So I think I can handle it. Just like you said though, I will definitely take my time and be very careful.

First time I did it I actually put a video on my ipod and had it right there with me in case i needed to reference it. :p

VoodooDaddy
Mar 14, 2008, 09:46 PM
Not the Core 2 Duo?

There arent alot of C2D to be had on there, and the ones that Ive seen mostly have combo drives, not super.

I had a CD 1.66 myself with 2gb of ram. While I cant compare the 2 because I never had a C2D, the one I had was plenty fast enough for my needs. I now have a C2D 2.0ghz iMac with 4gb of ram and honestly I dont see a huge deal of difference from the mini I had to this one. Obviously there is, but its not like wow, that mini was REALLY slow compared to this.