New mac mini or upgrade existing macs?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JG271, Nov 28, 2012.

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    JG271

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    Hi all,

    My current setup is a 2011 macbook pro as my main computer used for logic and games via bootcamp etc

    I also have a 2007 mac mini that i use for itunes/spotify and general web browsing. I need far more hard drive space on it (80GB!) but other than that it works fine for what I use it for.

    I can get a brad new 2.3ghz i5 mac mini (2011 model, not the new one) for £377, alternatively I was thinking about putting a 512GB SSD in my MBP then fit the 500GB drive in the mac mini for around £300.

    Should I replace the old mac mini or use the money to upgrade both macs?

    Any input is appreciated.
     
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    SpinalTap

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    #2
    I have a 2009 Mac Mini with 500Gb drive, and use a ReadyNAS as a TimeMachine and general storage backpack device.

    I also use my Mac Mini to run BootCamp/Windows 7 and Logic Express et al.

    Even so, the technology has advanced significantly since 2009 - let alone from the time you first bought your Mac Mini - so I believe that for someone such as yourself a new Mac Mini would certainly be a wise investment (especially with the latest 1Tb drives).
     
  3. js81, Nov 29, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2012

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    If you're happy with it otherwise, upgrade the mini. Buy as big an SSD as you can afford and max the RAM. Newegg has been having a 240GB Vertex 3 for $139 after $20 rebate, and 2GB of DDR2 RAM shouldn't cost much at all (I imagine its a Core Duo model, so 2GB max). You'll be shocked at the difference those two upgrades can make. :D

    EDIT: One more thing... :) If it IS a Core Duo model, you can upgrade the CPU to Core 2 Duo pretty easily and cheaply, if you're comfortable taking the mini completely apart. Did it to my Core Solo model in 2008; talk about breathing new life into a tired machine!
     

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