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Old Jul 30, 2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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I have a G4 iMac (1.25 Ghz "lamp" model), and I love it dearly. However, I feel the need for an upgrade. I'm on the verge of buying a 2nd-hand mini from eBay.
I'd consider buying a new one from apple, but I would want to max it out with a larger HDD & SSD, so the comfort factor of a purchase direct from "on high", ie the warranty, would be invalidated.
I have 2 questions:

1: Will I be able to use my 40" Samsung LED HDTV as a monitor? It has 4 HDMI ports and I already use a PS3 with it.

2: Can I max the memory to 16 Gb?

Any comments on my plan are greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for any advice offered. I've been an avid reader of this site for a while now and have learned heaps. So, thanks for that as well guys.
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Old Jul 30, 2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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1: Will I be able to use my 40" Samsung LED HDTV as a monitor? It has 4 HDMI ports and I already use a PS3 with it.
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Old Jul 30, 2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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I'd consider buying a new one from apple, but I would want to max it out with a larger HDD & SSD, so the comfort factor of a purchase direct from "on high", ie the warranty, would be invalidated.
Replacing the RAM will not invalidate your warranty, and nothing stops you from swapping out the HDD when you need to bring it into the shop

I would also mention a 40 inch TV used as a monitor is not exactly the best experience possible, 1080p on a 40 inch screen is not that great when it's a few feet from your face, some people don't mind but even my 27 inch thunderbolt display feels grainy since i got the new rMBP, first world problem i guess hehe
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2: Can I max the memory to 16 Gb?
I literally just installed 16GB into my 2011 Mini yesterday. Works wonderfully.
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Replacing the RAM will not invalidate your warranty, and nothing stops you from swapping out the HDD when you need to bring it into the shop

I would also mention a 40 inch TV used as a monitor is not exactly the best experience possible, 1080p on a 40 inch screen is not that great when it's a few feet from your face, some people don't mind but even my 27 inch thunderbolt display feels grainy since i got the new rMBP, first world problem i guess hehe
How about if its across the living room? I'm considering doing the same thing and just keeping a trackpad and wireless keyboard by my couch. Is it going to look bad at a proper distance?
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How about if its across the living room? I'm considering doing the same thing and just keeping a trackpad and wireless keyboard by my couch. Is it going to look bad at a proper distance?
40" across the living room would be kinda small, depending on the size of your LR. If you're going to use it mainly as a media pc/web, photo browsing, I think attaching a TV would be perfect. However, if you're going to use it for photo/video editing, writing docs, then a TV isn't really suitable.
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40" across the living room would be kinda small, depending on the size of your LR. If you're going to use it mainly as a media pc/web, photo browsing, I think attaching a TV would be perfect. However, if you're going to use it for photo/video editing, writing docs, then a TV isn't really suitable.
Well, I have a 55" about 15-18' away. I'm trying to decide if it's worth it, since I do need a computer anyway for remote work, to get a mac mini an put it there where my cable box use to be and use it for internet streaming. I cut the cable years ago in favor of netflix and hulu, but my ps3 is starting to crap out on me, so...
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Well, I have a 55" about 15-18' away. I'm trying to decide if it's worth it, since I do need a computer anyway for remote work, to get a mac mini an put it there where my cable box use to be and use it for internet streaming. I cut the cable years ago in favor of netflix and hulu, but my ps3 is starting to crap out on me, so...
I have a samsung 55' smart tv, and I tried airplay mirroring from my mba. Truth be told, the quality of the picture is pretty subpar. I'm sure through direct connection, it would look better, but its just the fact that the size of the pixel of a 55" tv is so large that text just would not look sharp. If all you're looking to do is watch movies and youtube, I guess that should be fine, although still not the same.
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