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Old Feb 10, 2007, 06:55 AM   #1
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Mini upgrade

I read something somewhere that the fan is different for Core Solo than Core Duo. Is there any truth to that? I don't remember where and when I read it but it stuck in my head and I wanna know before I do anything.

Core Solo with 512 MB is not exactly a monster and I kind of have time to fall asleep sometimes while running a few apps. So I figured a Core Duo and 2 GB RAM would speed things up a bit.
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Old Feb 10, 2007, 10:49 AM   #2
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Just the RAM will help immensely. If you are considering upgrading it yourself, start with RAM. And don't bother with the CPU til you see how the RAM helps.
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Old Feb 10, 2007, 12:54 PM   #3
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My 1.83 Core Duo mini is a different machine since I upped it to 2gb of RAM. Seriously, it's leagues ahead of what it was, it was borderline painful before, and it's a little beast now

Do the RAM first, imo.
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Old Feb 10, 2007, 06:37 PM   #4
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My 1.83 Core Duo mini is a different machine since I upped it to 2gb of RAM. Seriously, it's leagues ahead of what it was, it was borderline painful before, and it's a little beast now

Do the RAM first, imo.
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Old Feb 12, 2007, 08:56 AM   #5
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Thanks people!

I'll live with the current CPU and just get RAM.
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Old Feb 12, 2007, 09:06 AM   #6
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Thanks people!

I'll live with the current CPU and just get RAM.
Well, the RAM is a must. 512MB is horribly low for OS X to run well.

I wouldn't rule out a CPU upgrade. You'll notice a big difference with certain apps when you move to a core duo. Just look at these comparisons:
http://www.macworld.com/2006/03/firs...arks/index.php
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Old Feb 18, 2007, 10:41 PM   #7
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I bought a stock 1.66 mini in november. I dropped 2GB Ram in there. It's a beast.

I would definitely up the Ram. It's not hard to do, unless you're technologically challenged. 1) Pop the top 2) take the 4 screws holding the CD/HD assembly out 3) gently take the assembly and fold it away from you. 4) Take out old RAM and slap in the new stuff 5) Reverse of steps 1-3.
I forgot to plug the fan control header back in on mine... started it up without the top, thought 'hmm, that's loud, I didn't realise how much the lid kept the noise in...'

Put the top on, started it again, then realised. D'oh! I wouldn't have minded if it wasn't such a pain in the bum to open the thing
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I forgot to plug the fan control header back in on mine... started it up without the top, thought 'hmm, that's loud, I didn't realise how much the lid kept the noise in...'

Put the top on, started it again, then realised. D'oh! I wouldn't have minded if it wasn't such a pain in the bum to open the thing
It's always the little (and most important things) things that are forgotten. Once you first pop the first few clips (I used a thin putty knife) it's not that bad. Other than that, how's the RAM working out for you?
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Old Feb 19, 2007, 03:35 PM   #9
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It's always the little (and most important things) things that are forgotten. Once you first pop the first few clips (I used a thin putty knife) it's not that bad. Other than that, how's the RAM working out for you?
2gb is great. It was pretty horrid with half a gig. It's fantastic now, does everything I want it to no sweat. I'm hugely impressed with the Mini in general, it's much more powerful than I expected out of such a tiny machine. I know the specs are there, it's just... hard to believe on paper. Great little machine.

As far as opening it, it's a piece of cake yeah, I just hate the noise! It sounds like it's breaking, you just have to have a bit of faith
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Old Feb 19, 2007, 03:55 PM   #10
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Yes, efinatly upgrade the ram to at leat 1 gig, preferablly 2.
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