best buy advice for a mac mini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mikeshep, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. mikeshep macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2008
    Midwest US
    hi, looking to put a mac mini in a "satellite office" and shopping for the best value. actually it's a small recording studio set-up.. my "main" machine's an
    Imac. Started shopping around this week - Minis are cool for recording work as they're whisper-quiet. Needs are not super-intensive - it's a pretty singular-task situation - something able to run an 8-track audio app. and internet... Newest generation best non-refurb deal on AppleStore
    is at $599/free ship. Alot of
    previous generation Ebay stuff for less. Would like to get it with Leopard and,
    BOot Camp for a windows audio app I wanna use. Any thoughts on whether the
    prior-generation intel core duo machines...1.83 models should be sufficient - what's the major improvement in the new-generation Minis? I figure 1GB Ram
    would be adequate too. Any tips on where to get a great deal under $500 appreciated - Gently used or refurb is fine... just not sure whether i really need a latest-model vs. previous generation for my purpose.


  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Biggest diffs are video card, FireWire 800 and 802.11n WiFi.

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