is the mac mini a good buy?

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  1. fatandlazy11 macrumors member

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    i am thinking of getting one for a christmas present to myself, and i want the cheapest one. i only do a little gaming, mostly small ones, and do a LOT of internet.
     
  2. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    For your stated uses, a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac Mini would be a good buy fatandlazy11. :)


    Just be sure to upgrade the Mac Mini with at least 1GB of RAM. Or go all out to 2GB (just be sure to buy 3rd party, such as www.datamem.com).
     
  3. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    If you have a monitor already, the Mini Core Solo would probably do ya fine. If you don't, and are eligible for the education discount, you might want to check out the $899 iMac Apple just released.
     
  4. fatandlazy11 thread starter macrumors member

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    yes, i already have a monitor and keyboard, although i am going to have to buy a USB mouse. (Unless i use the "puck" mouse with the 2 inch cord that came with my original imac) I am not eligible for a education discount, so i guess the intel core solo will do. Thanks!
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Do yourself a favor and buy yourself a nice USB mouse, don't force yourself to suffer using those "puck" mice. :)

    I highly recommend the MX series of mice from logitech. I have a Logitech MX500 and I love it. That said it, and my keyboard, are soon to be replaced with this-

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000E204LY/ref=nosim/104-5469725-3156756?n=172282

    [​IMG]
     
  6. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    The Mac Mini is a great buy for most users like yourself. You pick one up for $700 to $1000 and have a small, compact machine that will last you a long time...:)
     
  7. milozauckerman macrumors 6502

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    In my opinion, no. I qualify for an EDU discount, so that throws it off a bit (though you can always order online and not have to show ID), but between the difficulty of adding RAM myself, the features (included screen even if you don't need it, graphics card, faster processor) and the hard drive, the iMac is a much better deal than a Mini. The lowest-end MacBook is also a viable option.

    By small games, what do you mean?
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The iMac is a better buy in my opinion. But if you already have a LCD, a mouse, keyboard, and speakers, then the Mac Mini becomes a viable option (especially if on a budget or you just need a computer for mainly basic tasks such as the internet). :)
     
  9. fatandlazy11 thread starter macrumors member

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    By small games, I mean, stuff like games from the late 90's to now. And sometimes the classics, like freeware you can downloaad of the web
     
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The iMac for EDU is also a decent low end machine, if you "know" somebody in college these days.
     
  11. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    I think the mini, even the solo model, is probably a good choice for you, but two things:

    1) Do yourself a favor and spend the extra $100 to order it with 1GB from Apple, or if you have someone you know who's very handy with computers, have them install more RAM for you later (it's only really a good deal to buy the RAM yourself if you are going to the full 2GB). I say "very handy" because I just put RAM in one, and it is NOT easy--they're extremely tightly packed, and you wouldn't want a novice (or somebody who wasn't VERY careful) poking around in there.

    2) Remeber that if you ever plan on burning DVDs it's a relatively modest $50 to upgrade to the DVD burner on the Solo model, and again based on the upgrade hassle, I'd recommend just buying it preinstalled.
     
  12. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    A 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac Mini is more than up to that challenge fatandlazy11. :)
     
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