2014 Mini BTO $1099..thoughts?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ZipZilla, Oct 25, 2014.

  1. ZipZilla macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2003
    Considering getting the 2014 mid-level mini with the BTO 16GB RAM and the 256GB SSD from Apple.

    $1099 is a lot, but I figure that future-proofs me as much as possible and I can plug in a Thunderbolt 2 Drive for expandability.

  2. scottsjack macrumors 68000

    Aug 25, 2010
    While still a fan of 2012 minis I think your choice is a very good one. I would not order a 2014 mini without the full 16GB RAM. The SSD can be upgraded later if necessary. Don't forget to order Apple Care.
  3. Darby67 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    the corner of Fire and Brimstone
    I agree with this as well. I would hold off on Applecare at purchase if you find you don't have the money immediately, but I would suggest that before the one year warranty is up to get it. Should the RAM fail the it looks like something of great expense would need to be swapped out: motherboard or entire computer.

    I would also suggest a good external back-up strategy for this should that actually happen. Not trying to be a fear monger, but even high quality RAM fails occasionally.
  4. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    You can get a quad i7 2012 that's better for less. $589 + $350 for 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD...and you'll have the 1 TB drive also.
  5. ZipZilla thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2003
    The 2012's are more accessible and faster on the quads. But weaker graphics and Thunderbolt 1
  6. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    The graphics are imperceptibly weaker, and its doubtful you'll ever use that Thunderbolt input as a Thunderbolt input.
  7. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    How long do you plan on keeping it, and what do you use it for?
  8. crazzapple Guest

    Oct 19, 2014
    Seems like a poor value for me. I need 6-8 years use out of a computer and would be looking to upgrade to a 4k monitor at some point. The 2014 minis can only drive 4k at 30Hz max, too little for me.
  9. ymarker macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2009
    Specs for BTO don't mean much without use case scenario. Are you going to game? Photo / video processing? Transcoding? Run productivity suite. In other words, what is the main target usage model?

    I just got a 2014 mid tier with 8gb and 256 gb pcie flash and while it is adequate for my usage model, it may not be for yours.

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