2011 base mini owner. Should I upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tonyt76, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. tonyt76 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, i currently have a base model 2011 mac mini with 8gb of ram and a samsung 830 256gb ssd.

    Should i upgrade to the base 2012? If not should i keep mine and upgrade to 16gb of ram?

    Thanks
     
  2. TheMTtakeover macrumors 6502

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    I personally would say no to upgrading unless you are in dire need of USB 3.0. Other than that you have a really nice machine that you can certainly get a few more years out of.
     
  3. tonyt76 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. TheMTtakeover macrumors 6502

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    Certainly can't hurt. I would watch your activity monitor during normal usage and see if how full your ram gets and if you have an page outs. If it almost completely used or you are getting excessive page outs then yes.
     
  5. Kaloman macrumors newbie

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  6. Snowcake macrumors regular

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    What do you do with your pc?
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    snowcake has asked the correct question.


    Also 8gb with an ssd is pretty fast. you only need go to 16gb ram if you get a lot of page outs and swaps.

    notice no page outs or swap on my activity monitor.

    so i have not exceeded my ram.

    if you are 10 percent or less no need
     

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  8. iamsen47 macrumors regular

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    Do you find your current Mini inadequate in any way?

    If not, why bother?

    If so, does it irk you enough to want to spend another several hundred $?
     
  9. LaunchpadBS macrumors 6502a

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    If you NEED usb 3 and HD4000 then yes, otherwise(and this is on the assumption that you'll be going base to base) there's no real point.
    Just bump up the ram if anything
     
  10. kobyh15 macrumors 6502a

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    Going from base 2011 to base 2012 doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. RAM and SSD are going to make way more of a difference.
     
  11. ramram55 macrumors 6502

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    if it is not broken why fix it ?
     
  12. tonyt76 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  13. oldtime macrumors regular

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    We all get bitten by the upgrade bug from time to time; sometimes it's best just to ignore it. :)
     
  14. tonyt76 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good advice! I WANT the 2012 mini and the iPad4, but i have to realize that my 2011 mini and iPad3 are more than adequate.
     
  15. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    the only reason for a new ipad would be you like the small one
     

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