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Old Nov 8, 2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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The "I just ordered / bought / got my new/refurb Mac Mini" threads, merged

Wow, what a nice machine! I got the 2.6 i7 and 256GB SSD. I have 16 GB of RAM coming from NewEgg, but even with the stock 4 GB it's nice and fast. I love that it boots up in a few seconds and that launching an application takes almost no time.

I think my plan of replacing my aging laptop with the mini and an iPad is going to work out just fine.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 10:09 AM   #2
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Wow, what a nice machine! I got the 2.6 i7 and 256GB SSD. I have 16 GB of RAM coming from NewEgg, but even with the stock 4 GB it's nice and fast. I love that it boots up in a few seconds and that launching an application takes almost no time.

I think my plan of replacing my aging laptop with the mini and an iPad is going to work out just fine.
Thanks for sharing, but what is the topic of discussion?

Btw i hope you dont get the black screen problem.
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Old Nov 8, 2012, 10:42 AM   #3
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I'm sorry. I should have thought before posting. If everyone made such posts here, that's all there'd be.

I got both the miniport to DVI cable (for use now) and I have an HDMI cable for whenever they solve the flickering problem. So far, no problems using the DVI cable. I haven't used it for more than an hour at a stretch, though.
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:12 AM   #4
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I just today ordered myself a Mac Mini 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 with 1TB Fusion Drive, RAM to be naturally updated by myself. This is my first Apple product after waiting a while to update my desktop and left out of the waiting game for iMac after taking a serious look at the new Mini. It's good enough for my use and also I save a bit of money this way.

Now it says to be shipped in 2-4 business days, but being delivered 3.-5. of December, I can't wait.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 06:54 AM   #5
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Time to clean my desk

Just ordered my 2.6 i7 mini with fusion drive and a refurb tb display... just couldn't wait for a new iMac (especially one that might have display issues), and wasn't sure I wanted to pay whatever it would come up to with fusion drive and i7... plus with this setup I can justify upgrading in 2 years instead of waiting 4 like I normally would
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 11:20 AM   #6
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Congrats!

I too have finally just pulled the trigger on 2.6gHz i7 with 256GB SSD. Been going to and fro on whether I really need it for weeks. My late 2009 27" iMac kinda does everything I need but it just feels a bit sluggish when I have a whole heap of things running.

I've recently had a home ethernet network installed and got shiny new fiber broadband so was beginning to feel like the iMac was the weak link! (relatively not absolutely)

Planning to use the old iMac as a monitor and for running stuff behind the scenes (plex server, syncing, cloud backups etc.) to keep the mini 'clean'.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 01:34 PM   #7
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Smile Pulled the trigger: Mac Mini over iMac!

I've been waiting for too long for the new iMac and I've been considering the pros and cons of Mac Mini option in the past few days...

Pulled the trigger this morning: went to Apple store and picked up a Quad 2.3Ghz Mac Mini, Thunderbolt displlay, wireless keyboard and magic trackpad!

Will order tonight an SSD and new memory, the SSD will probably be the Samsung 830 256Gb and the memory Crucial or Corsair, but don't know yet if I will go for 8Gb or 16Gb, maybe 16Gb is overkill...

I will put the 5400rpm 1Tb HDD in an external USB 3.0 enclosure, an extra external HDD is always useful.

So far I'm 100% happy with my choice, I don't play and don't do video editing, so the HD4000 should be fine for me.
The possibility to upgrade the HDD is also a good bonus and important for me, something which would be much more difficult on the new iMac, if even possible.
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 01:42 PM   #8
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 08:32 AM   #9
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now I just cancelled my mini order... decided I have to wait to see BTO pricing on the iMac first.

My order with a refurb TBD + 2.6 i7 mini with fusion was $1978 before taxes. If I can get the top level iMac for only about $375 more than that (assuming $250 more for fusion like on the mini and $100 more to go to i7 like on the macbook) then it's very much worth it to have a MUCH faster processor and 1GB GPU...

plus, I can always sell the keyboard+mouse that I don't need and make up some of that difference
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 02:31 PM   #10
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MUCH faster processor
Not true ,the mac mini is faster than the base iMacs ..only the top BTO iMacs are faster
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 03:42 PM   #11
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Not true ,the mac mini is faster than the base iMacs ..only the top BTO iMacs are faster
which is what I was comparing to... the $1999 model upgraded from the 3.2ghz i5 to the 3.4ghz i7 (vs a 2.6 ghz i7 mini)
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 04:06 PM   #12
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Samsung 830 256Gb and 16Gb Crucial on their way for the new Mini, should receive them tomorrow...

I was thinking about getting only 8Gb but the 16Gb are so cheap at the moment that I couldn't resist!
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 11:32 AM   #13
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It's not all gloom and doom! (Touch wood!)

I find these forums very useful as a recent convert from windows/pc, but it can get a bit scary with tales of woe etc.
I've had my quad core mini, Thunderbolt, magic trackpad and full keyboard for almost two weeks and am very, very pleased. I upgraded to 16G RAM a couple of days ago (Crucial) and it seems like it goes even faster. Probably an overkill but I have seen my RAM usage go near 8G and the RAM was so cheap I reckoned a bit of over specification couldn't hurt. CPU temperature hasn't gone above 59C yet either, usually it sits around 48C.
I did have a problem with Time Machine backups taking forever, but I think it was because the same external drive had been used for MBA backups and something got confused perhaps. A quick clean up and I have just backed up 150G in 3 hours. I also bought a new gigabit network switch as I realised everything was being choked through my 10/100T router.
I'm really glad I didnt wait for the iMac!
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 08:06 PM   #14
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I find these forums very useful as a recent convert from windows/pc,
Same here for sure, so glad I went to mac. I can't believe I used windows for over 20 years! Since windows 3.0, LOL!
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 06:24 PM   #15
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Finally did it ;)

Finally made the big decision and bought myself a MacMini (the midrange one).
I haven't used it yet, since I lack the HDMI monitor for it. ;(

Still, I'm a bit pissed off that Apple priced me out of the iMac. That and that it is taking ages to arrive. ;(

Anyway, in about 2 days I'll embark on the Mac world.
Wish me luck.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 06:31 PM   #16
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Congrats!

If you have an HDTV, you can hook your Mac up to that until your monitor arrives. Make sure to check Monoprice.com for cheap cables and adapters. You can get cheap USB optical drives at Amazon or Newegg. But I will say that if/when you can afford it, you'll definitely want a Mac-specific keyboard, and a Magic Trackpad. Gestures make the Mac experience, as anyone with a Mac laptop can tell you.

With a Mac mini and an HDTV, I've felt little desire to get an iMac or other Mac laptop (I have a Macbook Air for work) other than the requisite gadget lust. You'll love your mini.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 06:48 PM   #17
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Congrats!

If you have an HDTV, you can hook your Mac up to that until your monitor arrives. Make sure to check Monoprice.com for cheap cables and adapters. You can get cheap USB optical drives at Amazon or Newegg. But I will say that if/when you can afford it, you'll definitely want a Mac-specific keyboard, and a Magic Trackpad. Gestures make the Mac experience, as anyone with a Mac laptop can tell you.

With a Mac mini and an HDTV, I've felt little desire to get an iMac or other Mac laptop (I have a Macbook Air for work) other than the requisite gadget lust. You'll love your mini.
With a nice 20% discount, I bought the MacMini and this: Apple keyboard (cabled), a bog standard mouse (I don't like pads and the gestures don't excite me..yet) and WD MyPassport 500GB USB disc white...).

So, I'll only have to buy the optical drive and the monitor.
The TV I have on the desired room doesn't have HDMI, for some reason. All others have... ;(
But I can wait a few days, no problem. Will aim for monitor in the 150-200EUR range, most likely a LED device,

Any advice I should be aware on buying the monitor? Optimum resolution or something like that?
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 07:16 PM   #18
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How did you get 20% off? :P

Thanks and enjoy your new Mac
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 07:17 PM   #19
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Can the new Mini's use VGA or does it have to a HD monitor/tv?

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Old Nov 24, 2012, 07:40 PM   #20
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How did you get 20% off? :P

Thanks and enjoy your new Mac
Three day promotion on EVERYTHING on a local (Lisbon) chain store.
All the items were included, they then gave me a 20% voucher to spend there.
Many iPhones and iPads were being sold, I must add.

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Can the new Mini's use VGA or does it have to a HD monitor/tv?

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I was told no.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 08:17 PM   #21
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Can the new Mini's use VGA or does it have to a HD monitor/tv?

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Yes, but you have to get an cable/adapter. Here's one at Monoprice. http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

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Any advice I should be aware on buying the monitor? Optimum resolution or something like that?
Getting a 1080p screen is a cinch. AOC makes a 20" 1080p display for about $100. If you have the money to spend, there are some cheap high-res UPS displays that are comparable to the Thunderbolt display, without all the extra stuff like the webcam, Thunderbolt hub, USB ports, etc. http://www.amazon.com/Nixeus-Resolut.../dp/B008M08SN6
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 08:50 PM   #22
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I placed my order!

I took the plunge today and ordered myself a Mac Mini (mid-range). It should arrive on or before Dec 6th. I will have already ordered 16GB of Crucial RAM and Samsung 830 SSD by the time the mini arrives on my doorstep. Also ordered a Dell U2412M monitor on Amazon with free prime 2-day shipping. Cant wait.
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Old Nov 24, 2012, 09:06 PM   #25
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I ordered almost like you: Mid-range 2012, but with the Apple SSD option. Instead, I installed a 1 Tb WD Scorpio as a storage drive in the spare slot using the OWC kit. Worked like a charm! I too installed 16 GB of Crucial RAM, and am also using the Dell U2412m monitor. I am using a mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable to connect the monitor, and have had none of the blinking display issues (knock on wood).

The Mini is a dream...quiet, cool and fast! I hope you enjoy yours as much as I am loving mine!
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