upgrade cost of Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Scarlet Fever, Dec 8, 2006.

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    Scarlet Fever

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    There is a Core Solo Mac Mini for $700 AUD on the Aussie Sales store, and i've wanted a desktop for some time now.

    The core solo is going to kill me, and i've heard that the chip in the mini is replaceable. So the questions are:

    -Is $700 (around $550 US) worth it for a new (never been used) but dated Mac Mini?
    -How much would upgrades such as a superdrive and a compatible C2D chip cost?

    Cheers
    SF
     
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    roland.g

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    I picked up a 1.66 Core Duo with Superdrive (the high end model before the bump) from Apple for $649 US. It was a refurbished. So no, I don't think the Core Solo is worth it at $550. See if you can get a 1.66 SD and worry about the chip in a year when they are cheap. Just get some RAM for now. I got 2GB for $250 US and maxed the RAM out.
     
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    Scarlet Fever

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    there is a CoreDuo 1.66 SD on the aussie store for $990 AUD (~$780 US), which is significantly more than what i was planning on spending.

    I already have the MacBook, but i was thinking about getting a more powerful (ie 2.0GHz or higher) 64 bit desktop computer. if the price of the CPU was low enough, i would have jumped at it.
     
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    Instead of upgrading it, it is always a better idea to sell it and buy a new one.

    I sold my old 1.66 one and bought a 1.83, and in the process I lost less than A$200. Since the old one served me for good part of 9 months, it isn't too bad... the cost of 2 meals per month I'd say
     
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    200? If you have the box and original everything you can get a lot more than 200 on EBAY. No mini has ever gone under 300 or 400 on ebay.

    Thanks,
    ivnj
     
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    jonutarr

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    why do you want a desktop that is in no way better than your laptop?

    just what a bit for the C2D mini


    or get a big monitor and hook it up to your macbook
     
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    No, what I meant is I lost less than $200.

    I bought the Mini under educational price for like A$1100 or so, but when I sold it I got almost $900 back, so I lost less around $200 in the upgrade.

    That's not to say I also got a "new" warranty as well. Beats spending $250 on Applecare to keep the same old machine alive :)
     
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    Scarlet Fever

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    i was planning on maxing the RAM and HDD out and putting a new C2D chip in it, but by the sounds of it, it would be cheaper to get an iMac.

    Thanks for the responses :)
     

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