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Old May 14, 2015, 05:12 AM   #576
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Just got my hands on a late 2012 i7 2.3 quad Core with SSD installed.
Just upgraded to 16gb from 4gb and couldn't be happier.
Picked it up swiftly and cheaply considering the popularity of the quad core.
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Old May 14, 2015, 12:52 PM   #577
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Talking I got one!!

Yes, the day arrived and now have a mac mini!

It's the entry level one, as that is all I could afford, so have finally ditched windows (aside from my server, but thats another project!)
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Old May 18, 2015, 07:26 AM   #578
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Headless file server

My new base model Mac Mini has just shipped. It's no powerhouse, of course, but more than up to its intended use as headless file server with its strong points 2x Thunderbolt-2, 4x USB-3.0 and 802.11ac wifi.

That slow 5400RPM HD is a weak point, though, reason why I'll swap it for a 250GB Samsung 850 EVO the day my Mac Mini arrives. In fact, I just finished putting the Install OS X Yosemite.app on the SSD. That'll save me €185 on the Apple BTO option with 250GB SSD (that - it is true - would also have given me additional RAM and CPU power for which I have no use).

A similarly-equipped Intel NUC would be cheaper, but wouldn't have the TB2 port(s) to handle my TB2-based external storage.

I can hardly wait to get it going! Now how do I change my sig...?
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Old May 18, 2015, 03:37 PM   #579
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Just ordered a brand new 2.6 i5/8GB/256GB using Education pricing from the Apple Store.
This will be my always-on machine for iTunes streaming as well as general productivity stuff. I was debating bumping to 16GB memory but cannot justify the cost. I don't do video or photo editing.
I have a 27" UHD monitor, trackpad and keyboard already, and will probably get a 256GB SSD external drive to add some capacity.
I have a similar situation to you. Just wondering how your experience has been with the computer? Have you opened Word up to see how the performance is there?
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Old May 19, 2015, 09:57 AM   #580
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2.6/8 gb/256

Hey everyone. I just ordered my new machine last night, can't wait! Scheduled delivery is 5/29. Thanks to everyone on this forum for providing valuable insight into helping pick the right one. I feel very confident that I'm going to really enjoy it!
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Old May 22, 2015, 02:28 PM   #581
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2.6 8gb 256 ssd

Just ordered a new mid-range 2.6 8GB 256 SSD Mac mini from MacMall for delivery tomorrow. Really excited. I have never had a decent desktop setup (I live with a family member who has a base 2011 mini that is pretty slow, and I am transitioning from a 2006 iMac). This should last me for years, and when I decide to move on to another machine I will most likely just use this in my classoom.

This was a real debate between my usual MacBook setup vs a desktop setup, but considering how much I use my iPad, I went with a desktop setup. Then it was a matter of the top-of-the-line Mac Mini with Fusion Drive, or the midrange model with SSD.

I just purchased this monitor from Amazon to go with it for delivery tomorrow. Does anyone have experience with this monitor?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old May 23, 2015, 12:53 PM   #582
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Well, it arrived this morning, and I love it. It came without any flaws and is flying, just as I expected it to with the SSD. Can't wait to use it for years. If you are considering a 2014 version, please opt for an SSD and 8GB RAM. You will be happier as time passes.

Sadly, I can't say the same for the ViewSonic monitor I mentioned in my last post. There are gaps between the casing and the bezel where light leaks through very noticeably and also what appears to be a stuck gray pixel or dust. I immediately contacted Amazon for a replacement and they will be shipping it out shortly. I really hope the replacement arrives in perfect condition, because otherwise it really is a beautiful monitor for the price.

Happy with my new setup, but still have to figure out how I'm going to manage the outlet and cords since now I have a couple more cords than I did with the old iMac.
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Old May 23, 2015, 09:35 PM   #583
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I have a similar situation to you. Just wondering how your experience has been with the computer? Have you opened Word up to see how the performance is there?
Performance is very subjective of course, but so far the only time I have seen a beach ball (for only 1 second) was with Quicken 2014 of all things. Quicken really is ***** software, but I've been using it for years.

The 27" UHD monitor is a mixed blessing. Using 1920 x 1080, everything is super clear but you don't have a huge amount of real estate. Using full UHD and all the elements become really small (duh) and I have to squint a little even from 18" away. Increasing text size here and there helps a little.

Very happy with the Mac mini though. The 2.6/8/256GB SSD is the sweet spot for performance and value (and the ever-important 'future-proofing') I think. Word/Excel/Outlook all run more than quickly enough for me.

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Old May 25, 2015, 03:05 PM   #584
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Zowie !! booting from an external ssd.

Listen kids, don't try this at home on a windows computer.
REF: Late 2014 Mac Mini, 2.6 intel core i5, 1tb hard drive, 8gb ram.
I acquired a 128gb ssd from a Dell repair. They sent it back with the repaired computer as they replaced the ssd drive.
I bought an enclosure to retrieve the pix and documents that were on it.
When done I thought to my self... self, you really ought to boot from this device if possible.
I reformatted that windows disk to os x and proceeded to download Yosemite.
after consulting with google a time or 2, I have got an unbelievably fast machine. WOW. I used migration assistant after it was over and I've got my original system back, but running much faster.
How sweet.
I bought the mid level Mac Mini. in retrospect I should have upgraded to an ssd.
I tried all this because I basically had a left over ssd card and could. I just can't believer how easy it was to do, and that it actually worked.
This is like getting a new computer. If anyone has doubts, got for it if you can.
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Old May 25, 2015, 07:16 PM   #585
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I bought the mid level Mac Mini. in retrospect I should have upgraded to an ssd.
Yes, a hard disk drive was never in the cards for me after using iPads and MacBook Airs. It's such a dramatic difference that I really see no way that someone would willingly go back to a hard drive after experiencing an SSD.

I was contemplating a Fusion Drive on the mid level Mac Mini I just bought, but instead went with the SSD since Fusion just seems like a transitionary technology until SSDs become standard and still has moving parts that can fail.

Really loving this computer, and hope you enjoy yours just as much. It's been years since I've had a nice desktop setup. It has gotten me back at my desk that was collecting dust instead of opting to do my work on the couch or in bed while at home!
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Old May 25, 2015, 09:13 PM   #586
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I was contemplating a Fusion Drive on the mid level Mac Mini I just bought, but instead went with the SSD since Fusion just seems like a transitionary technology until SSDs become standard and still has moving parts that can fail.
The Fusion Drive for the Mac Minis are actually 2 drives (1 SSD & 1 HDD) working in tandem and controlled by Mac OSX. There's nothing special with the 2 drives.
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Just bought my Mac Mini (Late 2014) with 2,8ghz Intel Core i5 / 8gb & 256gb Flash Storage.

Not happy with the fact that it's crashing nearly daily.
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Just bought my Mac Mini (Late 2014) with 2,8ghz Intel Core i5 / 8gb & 256gb Flash Storage.

Not happy with the fact that it's crashing nearly daily.
. . . that's not normal. Return it for a replacement.
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