best/fastest/bangforbuck processor upgrade to mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by whyrichard, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    thinking of getting an old core solo mac mini, maxing the ram and dropping in a core duo proc of higher speed.

    which processor is needed/recommended?

  2. gormond macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    I think the MacMini will take any of the Socket M (667 MT/s) Core2Duo Chips such as

    T5500 - 1667 MHz
    T5600 - 1833 MHz (Used in current bottom end MacMini)
    T7200 - 2000 MHz (Used in current top end MacMini)
    T7400 - 2166 MHz
    T7600 - 2333 MHz

    It won't take the Socket P (800 MT/s) chips that you see in the iMac as they are for the Santa Rosa platform.
  3. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    Unfortunately, since Intel moved from socket M (Mini) to socket P (Santa Rosa-spec), the retail prices of the mini-compatible processors never came down. Therefor, you'll find your plan isn't very cost-efficient and you may as well buy a new Mini instead.

    However, if you can get a good deal on a socket M chip off ebay, then go for it!!!
  4. fishkorp macrumors 68020


    Apr 10, 2006
    Ellicott City, MD
    refurb CoreDuos are cheaper than CoreSolos from apple, so unless you know someone that's going to give you a killer deal, it's not worth buying a solo and upgrading. i got a 1.67ghz CoreDuo Mini refurb for $429. add another ~$150 for a C2D CPU and you're up to the price of just buying a new one. So unless you can get a first gen Mini for around $300 or so, it's probably not worth the money for a CPU upgrade.
  5. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    As an added bonus the new ones will go to 3GB max RAM vs 2GB on the older models.
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I second getting a refurbished Core 2 Duo mini Vs. upgrading an older one.
  7. ~J~ macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    3rd Rock from the sun
    Keep checking the refurb site (on a DAILY basis). I just picked up a mini from there for $479 (original price was $799).

    1.8GHz CD
    512MB RAM
    80GB HD

    I checked for about 2 weeks... and it was worth it - now I have my encoding machine! Its definitely worth getting a newer refurb than upgrading an older one.
  8. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    even if a core solo is runing for about $200?

    -just want it for a media machine...

  9. ~J~ macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    3rd Rock from the sun
    Well that all depends on what exactly you intend to use it for. If you want to encode videos, that is very processor intensive... i would NOT recommend a core solo for that (takes WAAAY too long). If you want to use it like an :apple:TV and a little more (basically a media player)... then heck yeah! Grab that thing up!
  10. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    I'm using a core solo for media-center duty, so I can recommend it for standard-definition fare. Like ~J~ said though, it is not suitable for the encoding portion by itself...
  11. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    What kind of media? The solo mini in and of itself may be enough for what you're looking for...
  12. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Oh yeah, great refurb prices on the Mini here in the UK.

    While new Minis are £399 for the current 1.83 C2D/1GB/80GB/Combo and £499 for the 2.0 C2D/1GB/120GB/Super, the refurb store has a 1.83 CD/1GB/80GB/Super for only £499. Can't figure out why nobody has bought it. :rolleyes:

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