Mac Mini - Upgrades

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by whynot83706, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

    whynot83706

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    I am looking to buy Mac Mini, and I have few questions about:
    G4 powerpc 1.25 Ghz
    512 MB ram
    40 GB hard drive
    Superdrive

    Will I be able to install Leopard, how hard is to upgrade memory and wireless?
     
  2. macrumors member

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    I have the same machine and upgraded mine as well for Leopard
    Additional Wifi and 1GB RAM.

    There are some instructions in the net.
    You need a scraper to open up the box.

    I use mine as media center.
    The small disk and FastEthernet are the bottlenecks for me.

    But it should be ok as a normal desktop.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    I would not recommend that machine except for a very small subset of specific uses.

    The minimum Mini I would recommend is the 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo Model.
    You can get this in the $400.00 range - refurb from Apple would be my choice.

    You could do all the upgrading possible on that older Mini, but it would always
    be a 1.25GHz G4. It has no longevity at this point.
     
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    ziwi

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    Yes - go for a refurb Intel mini - you will get much more life out of that puppy than the G4's.
     
  5. macrumors 68020

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    If you get an older Intel mini, try for a Core 2 Duo. They should have a similar cost, and are a bit more upgradeable due to the firmware supporting more RAM (3.3 vs 2)
     
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    Lord Zedd

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    The G4 is really old, I'd go for a C2D Mini.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    I have a C2D on the block if you are interested...
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    How would you spend on that machine? For reference I spent $500 a week ago for a 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo/80GB hard drive/Combo drive from the Apple's refurb store which means it comes with Leopard (in the form of an upgrade disc, which is disappointing, but it is Leopard nonetheless) and a warranty.
     
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    clyde2801

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    what are your needs?

    What will you be using the mini for? If it's to hook up to a TV for a low cost entertainment system, it should be fine. If it's for a desktop computer, my prediction is that it will be quickly downgraded to kids/second/spare computer status.
     
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    gkarris

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    Memory is cheap - upgrade it to 1Gig. Leopard runs fine on a G4 that's 1GHz+

    With a Mini update within weeks, you should be able to get this for around $250. Add Leopard ($129) and memory and you'll be fine...
     

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