.26 worth $20 more? ---Video Editing mostly and some motion graphics

macrumorsMaster

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Hi,

I've been considering the refurb 2.0 mini for 429, but now I just saw the 2.26 for $449, was too late to get it though. Is it worth $20 more for such a minor speed bump?
Also what about a hackintosh instead?

I want to run Final Cut Studio and Adobe Apps.
Main reason I'm wanting OS X is Final Cut, can't do that in windows :(
What's making me want to go with the mini is the size, but with a hackintosh I can do a core2quad(via lifehacker...or i5 or i7 if I'm feeling adventurous) for just a couple hundred dollars more with a DEDICATED graphics card!

Decisions, decisions~~:eek:
 

thermodynamic

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Hi,

I've been considering the refurb 2.0 mini for 429, but now I just saw the 2.26 for $449, was too late to get it though. Is it worth $20 more for such a minor speed bump?
Also what about a hackintosh instead?

I want to run Final Cut Studio and Adobe Apps.
Main reason I'm wanting OS X is Final Cut, can't do that in windows :(
What's making me want to go with the mini is the size, but with a hackintosh I can do a core2quad(via lifehacker...or i5 or i7 if I'm feeling adventurous) for just a couple hundred dollars more with a DEDICATED graphics card!

Decisions, decisions~~:eek:
Hackintosh is illegal, never mind people trying to get it to work. (never mind the hackintosh distros likely containing malware - I doubt the people doing the work are doing so out of the kindness of their hearts.)

260MHz, for $20 is okay. 260MHz for $500 is a definite no-no (e.g. Mac Pro 2.66->2.93, which is actually 270MHz but it's close enough). :D Now, $1000 for a 670MHz increase is a maybe...
 
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Demosthenes X

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^ :eek: What a load of crap. Way to lower the bar. :rolleyes:

I would opt for the faster machine. It won't make much difference in reality, but for $20, what do you lose? And I would take some comfort in knowing that my computer was newer than the 2.0 machine (as silly and illogical as that may be).
 
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Lloyd Christmas

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i dont understand how people are asking if they should spend more money on a computer. every thread you see people writing how they should always buy the best that you could afford at the moment. i dont think 20 dollars is going to put you in the poor house, if your looking to spend 450 for a mini. i think you should wait and save up some more money. Lloyd
 
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macrumorsMaster

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i dont understand how people are asking if they should spend more money on a computer. every thread you see people writing how they should always buy the best that you could afford at the moment. i dont think 20 dollars is going to put you in the poor house, if your looking to spend 450 for a mini. i think you should wait and save up some more money. Lloyd
because I wasn't sure if .26 is that much of an improvement over 2.0 or that they'll be almost the same. It isn't like 2.0 and 2.6 or 2.0 and 3.0 where talking a small sliver. Is it worth $20 for it or not, not psychological but in a price to performance ratio. I love how people just outright blast it, but don't give any supporting facts :rolleyes:
 
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dukebound85

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because I wasn't sure if .26 is that much of an improvement over 2.0 or that they'll be almost the same. It isn't like 2.0 and 2.6 or 2.0 and 3.0 where talking a small sliver. Is it worth $20 for it or not, not psychological but in a price to performance ratio. I love how people just outright blast it, but don't give any supporting facts :rolleyes:
you get like an extra 10% increase in cpu clock for 20 bucks...

thats like a lunch
 
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apatel87

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Hi I was in the market for a mini too so if I could get that for $450 refurb then I would definitely get that. I just had a quick question about it. What is the difference between that Mac mini and the current generation one aside from the $40 gb hard drive difference and the 1 gb of RAM as opposed to two. I can get the new one for $550. If I got the old one I could easily increase the RAM to 4gb and still pay less than the new one. Any thoughts? Which should I buy?
 
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Pak^Man

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because I wasn't sure if .26 is that much of an improvement over 2.0 or that they'll be almost the same. It isn't like 2.0 and 2.6 or 2.0 and 3.0 where talking a small sliver. Is it worth $20 for it or not, not psychological but in a price to performance ratio. I love how people just outright blast it, but don't give any supporting facts :rolleyes:
It's $20..... what kind of a huge performace difference would youy expect for that?!! What are you 8 years old?
 
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MovieCutter

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because I wasn't sure if .26 is that much of an improvement over 2.0 or that they'll be almost the same. It isn't like 2.0 and 2.6 or 2.0 and 3.0 where talking a small sliver. Is it worth $20 for it or not, not psychological but in a price to performance ratio. I love how people just outright blast it, but don't give any supporting facts :rolleyes:
2.0Ghz -> $429
2.26Ghz -> $449

13% speed increase for 4.6% extra cost = 1:2.8 ratio of price : performance...yes, it's worth it.

There are your supporting facts right there :rolleyes:
 
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macrumorsMaster

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2.0Ghz -> $429
2.26Ghz -> $449

13% speed increase for 4.6% extra cost = 1:2.8 ratio of price : performance...yes, it's worth it.

There are your supporting facts right there :rolleyes:
Thank you for a logical answer, and not some emotive response.:p
 
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