Purchase an Intel Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bluefiberoptics, Feb 26, 2006.

  1. bluefiberoptics macrumors regular

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    I have been wanting to have a Mac for a while. With the switch to Intel, I figured a Mac Mini intel would be a good choice.

    But I already have a powerful Desktop PC computer. How can I justify buying an intel Mac Mini? :(
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Being that currently the Mac Mini only comes with a PPC processor, good luck with that. :rolleyes:
     
  3. zap2 macrumors 604

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    think he is assuming an intel Mac Mini on Tuesday

    buy one, get a KVM switch use PC for games, Mac Mini for Internet, AIM, ect
     
  4. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    as "powerful" as your PC is, it probably runs Windows.

    Windows is god-awful. Unless you need to run some kind of special programs/games that only run on windows, using Mac OSX is just the only way to go.

    I used windows for most of my life, so I'm not really biased. I switched last May, and I would absolutely never go back. The only warning I would give about getting a new intel mac would be if you use programs that haven't become Universal yet.
     
  5. ieani macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly how powerful is the PC? Not that the mini will in any way be a rival but PC users can often be confused by Mac's and their PPC specs.
     
  6. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    That's a big assumption. I wouldn't contemplate purchasing a product that hasn't even been announced yet.
     
  7. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    A Mac Mini is a budget solution to running OS X. Think of it like one of those $400 Dells, without the monitor, keyboard, mouse, other extras, minus some ports, without much of any room to expand on. I don't know about you, but you'd have to buy it for me to even consider it, lol. How can you justify buying it? I wouldn't if I were you. Now, if you are in the market for a laptop and really want OS X for some reason, you could look into the Intel version of the iBook whenever it comes out. That would seem reasonable, but not buying a Mac Mini.
     
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Justify it by the fact that you want a Macintosh. And the Mac Mini is the cheapest in the lineup. So if on Tuesday there is nothing new, go buy a PPC Mini, and have some fun.
     
  9. symlink macrumors newbie

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    I guess its the cheapest mac computer to buy, however, you then need to add keyboard, mouse and monitor - and if you get a good 20" monitor, you're looking at close to iMac territory...
     
  10. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    If new minis come out I'd say go for it! Since I got my headless emac setup my big computer has only been turned on to transfer files off. Should I get a couple of external sata hard drive enclosures I doubt I'd really use it anymore. I'd still want it for the occasional game but I only play games for a few days solidly and then not at all for about a month.
    I was worried about how I'd feel using a mac as my main computer but now I realise that its just so nice. Expose is simply magical. The only thing that I really noticed when I switched my PC on today is how much nicer it is to deal with the filesystem and folders. In my opinion OS X is HORRIBLE on that front. I hate it that the folders don't get listed before the other files and the structuring of the documents seems archaic to me.
     
  11. psycho- macrumors member

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    It's not archaic..it's just different; though I felt the same when I first started on OSX years ago. Funny thing though...I just boxed up my desktop to throw away. Between my HP NC6000 work computer and my mac laptop, i was pretty much 100% happy with my needs. 100% of everything i could do on a PC i did on my mac....the pc just fell to the wayside. So after System 7, I came back to the mac on OSX
     
  12. mjstew33 macrumors 601

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    You really are the nicest to noobies. :mad: :rolleyes:
    Lighten up... just a wee bit.

    :rolleyes:
     
  13. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Today it is. But Tuesday, who knows how Apple will (re)position it.
     
  14. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    You really are the most oversensitive. You should take your own advice and lighten up.
     

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