Which is better out of these two?

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  1. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I've ordered the solo with 1 gb of memory...am I better off with the duo and 512 or the solo and 1 gb? cant do duo and 1 gb. Thanks!
     
  2. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    I would go for the solo with 1gb. I think the difference in 1gb and 512mb is greater than the difference in solo and duo.
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    It depends what your needs are. In addition to the upgraded processor, the Duo model also adds a larger hard drive and the SuperDrive. If you expect to burn DVDs (and don't have or don't want to get an external burner) or you expect to have a lot of media files, the Duo might be a better option.

    If all you want is an entry-level machine for surfing, word processing, and average iTunes usage, the Solo with the upgraded RAM will be a terrific machine.
     
  4. gadgetgirl85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yep not playing any games really except web based poker...surfing the net..listening to music (not a large collection) emailing etc. Dont need the DVD burner either. Just worry about it getting obsolete fast. So reccomdend solo 1gb?
     
  5. netdog macrumors 603

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    Under most circumstances, I would have to say that either choice is a mistake. Duo with 1GB minimum. If you can't afford it now, then wait.
     
  6. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    I disagree, for what he's doing a solo with 1GB of ram will be a fine machine. I have some friends with the same config and for all those things he mentioned it's perfect.
     
  7. bradc macrumors 6502

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    Yeah just because there are a lot of dual core processors doesn't mean the Core Solo is a bad choice. The 1.5ghz Mini is no slouch by any regards, I have a Toshiba Portege M200 Tablet with a 1.6ghz Pentium M & 512mb RAM and it is amazingly quick for me. The newer, more robust Core Solo with 1gb of RAM is a fine choice. Buy whatever you can afford;)
     
  8. gadgetgirl85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I'm a girl :p But thanks for the heads up :)
     
  9. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    :eek: sorry about that.
     
  10. steveca macrumors 6502

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    I personally prefer the duo. Did not use either machine but if need be the case in the future it is much easier (and only possible option) to upgrade the RAM.
     
  11. After G macrumors 68000

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    I thought the Minis had socketed processors, so it's possible to upgrade later?

    (ignoring the fact that the Mini is a pain in the butt to open, even with the putty knife method).

    If all you are doing is the stuff you mentioned, the single core with 1 GB RAM should be fine.
     
  12. lcseds macrumors 6502a

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    I think the Duo is a better buy. If you can only get it with 512, then do so. A 1GB memory module can be added later for less than $100. That would give you 1.25GB since you will remove one 256mb module.
    The processors on the Mini's are socketed. They will accept a Core Duo 2 for even more power in the future.
     
  13. gadgetgirl85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Went with the duo. Thanks guys let ya know how it goes
     
  14. obrien234 macrumors regular

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    Are you buying the 1 GB from Apple? If so don't. They overcharge an extreme amount, and you could get the core duo with a third party's RAM for at a comparable price.
     
  15. gadgetgirl85 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No I just went with the standard ram for the time being.
     

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