Mac Mini vs Upgrading Current Computer

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dixie8123, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2010
    Charleston, SC
    Hello All,

    I have just started using very powerful architect software and my 13" MBP 2010 does not have the power for it! I am trying to decide if I want to upgrade my MBP to the max RAM, etc. or just buy a Mac Mini and upgrade it to 8GB RAM. Can somebody help? Thanks!


    PS: I already have a 23" monitor and Apple Trackpad/Keyboard
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    Are you sure it's ram the software needs? It could be graphics or CPU limitations as well in which case the particular solution you choose would differ.

    Its the same memory in all these machines so if it's only memory you need obviously upgrading your MBP is the cheapest solution. The higher end desktop mini offers a good graphics card and the server mini offers a quad core CPU so it just depends on your need. All of the minis are upgradable to 8or 16gb or ram.

    A larger MBP or iMac are your only choices if you need both more graphics and CPU.

    Hope this helps.
  3. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    it is easy to see if ram is your problem and free. look at this thumbnail. I clicked apps I pulled up activity monitor and set it to system memory. I have no page outs and I have about 6 gb ram free. if you have many page outs and 10 or 30mb not gb ram free . boosting your ram to 8gb may work. boosting your machine to 8gb is low cost. Since I do not know your software and what it uses I can only show you to how to see if you are maxing your ram.

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