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Old Nov 13, 2014, 08:00 AM   #451
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Just built my new mini up, 2012 i7 quad which I picked up from Amazon as soon as the RAM was confirmed as not user upgradeable. Just added 16GB of Crucial RAM and a 256GB Samsung 850 Pro with a fresh install of Yosemite, so far I'm loving it! If funds allow I'll swap out the HDD for a second SSD.
Then take a look at some install videos. I suggest looking at both for the 2012 because Apple changed some things in some models.
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Old Nov 13, 2014, 09:18 PM   #452
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Well, I decided to replace my 2009 mini that I've used as a media server for about four years with the top range (no CTO) 2014 model. I sold my 2009 for $275 so that was a nice offset to the cost of the 2014. The only thing that worries me a bit is the fusion drive since I've never used one before, but it's basically on/sleeping all the time serving up media to my Apple TV or other computers, so hopefully it won't be issue. The PCIe SSD is blazing fast, much more so than my 2012 15" rMBP. For every day use at work I have a 2012 mini upgraded with an SSD and 8GB of RAM which I have really liked, and the 2014 is also working great so far. Hope I can get four years out of it as well.

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Old Nov 14, 2014, 06:13 PM   #453
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Just recently bought the 2.6 GHz Mac mini (Late 2014) to replace my MacBook Air. I most often used my MacBook Air connected to my external monitor, and I want to have a dual monitor set up so I knew a Mac mini was the way to go. I made the mistake of purchasing the base 1.4 GHz model initially. The speed difference between the base model and the middle 2.6 GHz option is seriously noticeable - I'm quite surprised Apple are selling such a slow base model! An SSD in the MacBook Air clearly makes a huge difference paired with the soldered 4 GB RAM. If you do anything more than light multitasking and are considering a Mac mini, don't bother with the base model and its attractive price point, it's just way too slow.

Would be nice if Apple had gone all SSD with the new Mac mini models, or at least provided a Fusion Drive with all of the models. A good computer nonetheless!
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Old Nov 18, 2014, 03:38 PM   #454
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Just received shipping notification for a 2012 2.3 i7 refurb, purchased yesterday. This will be replacing an old, but venerable 2008 Mac Pro.

Once it arrives I'll be upgrading the memory to 16GB and adding an SSD (once I figure out whether it needs an upper or lower bay hdd cable).

Oh, and if it has Yosemite on it, it will be wiped for Mavericks.
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Old Nov 18, 2014, 04:16 PM   #455
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Got my 2.3 i7 refurb last night. I'm surprised I actually got a hold of one...I almost gave up. Should be here sometime next week.
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Old Nov 18, 2014, 04:59 PM   #456
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Just received shipping notification for a 2012 2.3 i7 refurb, purchased yesterday. This will be replacing an old, but venerable 2008 Mac Pro.

Once it arrives I'll be upgrading the memory to 16GB and adding an SSD (once I figure out whether it needs an upper or lower bay hdd cable).

Oh, and if it has Yosemite on it, it will be wiped for Mavericks.
The 2012 models will have Mavericks on it.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 04:02 PM   #457
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Just received shipping notification for a 2012 2.3 i7 refurb, purchased yesterday. This will be replacing an old, but venerable 2008 Mac Pro.

Once it arrives I'll be upgrading the memory to 16GB and adding an SSD (once I figure out whether it needs an upper or lower bay hdd cable).

Oh, and if it has Yosemite on it, it will be wiped for Mavericks.
I see in other threads that you've done SSD upgrades on these before. What brand/models do you recommend?
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 06:01 PM   #458
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When was the last time you guys saw a Mini refurb (of any model) pop up in the Apple online store? I know they'll be sparse with the lackluster update but I was just curious if anyone has been able to snag one lately. I've been checking a few times a day.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 06:14 PM   #459
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When was the last time you guys saw a Mini refurb (of any model) pop up in the Apple online store? I know they'll be sparse with the lackluster update but I was just curious if anyone has been able to snag one lately. I've been checking a few times a day.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 06:14 PM   #460
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When was the last time you guys saw a Mini refurb (of any model) pop up in the Apple online store? I know they'll be sparse with the lackluster update but I was just curious if anyone has been able to snag one lately. I've been checking a few times a day.
2 days ago. You should use refurb.me to get notified when they are back in stock.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 06:37 PM   #461
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I see in other threads that you've done SSD upgrades on these before. What brand/models do you recommend?
I like the Samsung 840 Pro, 256 GB, and moving the Home folder to another drive.
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Old Nov 20, 2014, 08:31 PM   #462
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I like the Samsung 840 Pro, 256 GB, and moving the Home folder to another drive.
Thanks for the info - looking to do the same migration as you, from a "venerable" Mac Pro 2008 to a Mac Mini Quad I7 2.3 GHz...
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2 days ago. You should use refurb.me to get notified when they are back in stock.
Thanks for the tip. I appreciate it. That will save me some clicks of the refresh button. lol.
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Thanks for the info - looking to do the same migration as you, from a "venerable" Mac Pro 2008 to a Mac Mini Quad I7 2.3 GHz...
My 2008 Mac Pro was / is pretty venerable as well. Dual quad core 2.8, 14 gigs of memory, and still rockin' the original Geforce 8800GT, Samsung 840 pro boot drive, and three 1TB WD Black drives in RAID-0. Puts out a decent amount of heat.

I've got 16GB memory on the way for the mini. Once I copy everything from the Pro to my NAS, I'll be moving the SSD over to the mini. The Mac Pro will be missed. But for my needs, the mini is a no-brainer.
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My 2008 Mac Pro was / is pretty venerable as well. Dual quad core 2.8, 14 gigs of memory, and still rockin' the original Geforce 8800GT, Samsung 840 pro boot drive, and three 1TB WD Black drives in RAID-0. Puts out a decent amount of heat.

I've got 16GB memory on the way for the mini. Once I copy everything from the Pro to my NAS, I'll be moving the SSD over to the mini. The Mac Pro will be missed. But for my needs, the mini is a no-brainer.
I miss my 2010 MP 3.2 quad but I still like my minis better. I pulled the M500 SSD that was the MP's boot drive and popped it into the mini. It worked like a charm. A couple of passwords had to be changed as well as the computer name. Other than that it was good to go.
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I miss my 2010 MP 3.2 quad but I still like my minis better. I pulled the M500 SSD that was the MP's boot drive and popped it into the mini. It worked like a charm. A couple of passwords had to be changed as well as the computer name. Other than that it was good to go.
I was thinking about that, but there is sooooo much crap on that SSD left over from Snow Leopard -> Mountain Lion -> Mavericks that I'm just going to start fresh. So many apps I don't even use anymore. Since I just realized I have a Samsung 840 EVO and not a Pro, I need to run that Performance Restoration / firmware upgrade anyway. Once that's done (in progress) I'll copy the original Mac Mini boot drive over to the SSD, and install whatever apps I still use. I have a backup of the Mac Pro boot disk on a regular HDD so I can take my time with it.

I'm either going to move the entire Home folder over to the 1TB (as I had in the Mac Pro), or just make aliases for Videos, Music, and Pictures. I don't know. Haven't decided yet...... I read there was a way to properly move Music and Movies onto a Synology NAS so that it looks like a regular drive and not a network drive. I need to look into that some more, because my NAS doesn't get nearly enough use.....
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