Would you be happy with a mac mini with these specs?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Globetrotter, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. macrumors regular


    Nov 5, 2007
    Would you be happy with a mac mini with these specs (three models)? Choose the one you like.

    2.1 Ghz Core 2 Duo Processor
    1GB RAM
    100 GB Hard drive
    Combo Drive
    Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor

    £399 ($599)

    2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo Processor
    2GB RAM
    150 GB Hard drive
    Intel GMA X3100 graphics processor

    £499 ($799)

    2.4 Ghz Core 2 Duo Processor
    2GB RAM
    180 GB Hard drive
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB memory

    £599 ($999)

    If you wouldn't, what would you change?

    Personally, I think it shows how the 'next version up' (if it existed) of the Mini would (pending the new refresh) be horribly expensive, which in turn shows how expensive the current Minis actually are. I believe this is the case since I view the first two options as representative of what Apple will update the Mini to when it finally happens.

    What do you think?
  2. TEG
    macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    It would be nice, but I really just want it to have a discrete video card, perferabily an upgradable videocard, with dual-dual-link DVI. Also, if they expanded it to the same size of the TV and :apple:TV It might allow for those kinds of updates.

  3. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2007
    I would so buy one of those if they did that and it would be my first mac!
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2006
    Seoul, South Korea
    not sure about 150gb and 180gb 2.5 drives, I think they'd be 120 and 160 if anything maybe?
  5. macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    I picked up a 2.5" 320gb portable USB drive at BestBuy this week for $149. If it fits, I'd just as soon have the last spec, with a 320gb drive.

    Then lower the price to $499. ;)
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jan 17, 2008
    I would be thrilled to be able to buy a Mini with either of the last two options you presented and it looks like we're going to see the middle option you showed soon, perhaps in the next two or three weeks!

    Pop 4 GB of RAM into the mini, plug in an aluminum keyboard and a nice high-end 24" wide screen monitor (like NEC's new 24" S-IPS monitor) and you've got a really nice, relatively powerful, moderately priced machine! For $2k total! $975 for the Mini, RAM, keyboard, and mouse and about $1025 for the NEC 24" S-IPS monitor. I'd be all over that as a digital (Photoshop) editing workstation and all-around great machine.

    Right now I'm doing pretty much the same set-up, except using a new MacBook as the brain... works magnificently!
  7. macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2007
    I'd pay good money for the last option ( possibly even the middle option ), as it'd allow me to junk my PC and use my Mini to play games other than WoW and Football Manager.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    It doesn't have to have a discrete video card, as long as the onboard graphics can decode Blu-Ray and HD video.

    AMD has integrated graphics that can decode 1080p video with a slow, single core CPU. Just google the 780G chipset. It basically uses a HD 2400 either with shared or dedicated RAM. Maybe Apple could implement something similar.
  9. PNW
    macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2007
    This is more or less exactly what I'm looking for. I'd prefer a 320 GB HD and the 2600 PRO with 256MB, but If I could swap the GPU out later I'd settle for less. How exactly is it "horribly expensive"? It's $500 cheaper than the 2.4 Ghz 20" iMac with more RAM, and In my case would be hooked up to better monitors (that I already own). I'd like to see one more up with the 2.8Ghz Extreme and a 512 MB GPU. I'd be happy to shell out $1500 for it.
  10. macrumors regular


    Mar 2, 2008
    I like the first one, except I would upgrade the Ram to 2GB and the HD to 120GB, maybe even 160
  11. Aea
    macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    Nope, too expensive for my tastes, the way I see it the Mac Mini's are horrendously overpriced for what you get. Don't get me wrong, they're "budget machines," but I'd rather have a cheap DIY *shudder* Windows machine with more power then that or even a Hackintosh then pay for a Mac Mini. But really, I'd rather have a nice powerful Mac Pro even if it costs be several times as much, at least then I'd be getting extremely competitive hardware rather then parts from the junk bin.
  12. macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    Those are some attractive specs, but honestly, I wish that Apple would make a lower end model that goes for 499$, or 399$, so that it could really be the impulse item for PC users. I have countless friends who want a Mac, but are held back from the price (keep in mind that they are not adults with full time jobs)
  13. macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    The specs looks great and I hope Apple updates them soon.

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