$300. Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by noodile, May 2, 2013.

  1. noodile macrumors regular

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    I wanna get my mom a used computer. I was thinking a mac mini. Used.

    She really doesn't do much the requires a ton of hardware. so basically she needs a Facebook machine, and hopefully possibly an upgradeable HD cause she loves her pictures / into photography. So I'll need to get her a 500gb or 1tb HDD later on.


    So is it possibly to get a Mac for under 300. and if so, what gen should i be looking at?
     
  2. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

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    your looking at a late 2008 core 2 duo mac mini with about a gig of ram for your price range, pretty decent little machine
     
  3. noodile thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks man. appreciate it.
     
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I've seen Minis with upgraded hard drives for that price. Otherwise you'll have to get one cheaper with a smaller drive and upgrade it. Consider the age if you want to run Mountain Lion. Some of the earlier C2D models won't run ML.
     
  5. noodile thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, thanks alot guys. I;ve been checking ebay, and it seems like late 09 will be the best like you guys said. now i wait for a good deal
     
  6. jg321 macrumors 6502

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    If you can find someone to get you a student discount then the current base mini won't be much more than that, will be quicker and have warranty etc. This is what I plan on doing if/when the Haswell ones come out!
     
  7. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    Student discount is pretty measly, around $20 (at least in the USA). People would be better off finding an online retailer and trying to get one W/O sales tax.
     
  8. johnnnw macrumors 65816

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    Student discount will only get him like 50$ off the base 700 dollar model. Not very close to 300.
     
  9. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Really? In the UK, I bought from Apple Education and got 15% off my entire order.

    Assuming it's also 15% in the US, that would save you $90 on the base $599 model.
     
  10. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    Yeah when I bought my mac mini i was surprised. I guess Apple doesn't make as much money on each mini they sell. They offer $100-$200 off their higher end products, but even then its no where near 15%.
     
  11. jg321 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah - this is what I thought too. Did you get a Mini or something else? I got a MBP and 15% off the machine. AppleCare was something insane like 75% off! Got the base model for £900 in the end!

    Of course, I'm in the UK. I can also see why the Mini would attract a smaller discount.
     
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Disagree. I've seen early 2009 Minis go for $300. Actually, I think someone on this site sold theirs for $250. I say aim higher than a 2008.
     
  13. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    I got around 15% off the top-spec Mini and free AppleCare. I bought a load of peripherals and extra kit, too, and that was all discounted too.
     
  14. jg321 macrumors 6502

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    Looks like we have a pretty good deal here in the UK then! Apologies to the OP if this is not the case elsewhere!
     

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