Buying a Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ShUpAC, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. ShUpAC macrumors member

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    Hey everyone,

    I'm supposed to buy a used late-2009 Mac mini model tomorrow, with 2.26GHz cpu. This will be the first ever mac for me. I'm paying $500 CAD for it.

    Am i getting a good deal here? Will I get a full mac experience with the mini? I understand it's almost 2 years old, but I thought since it's my first time owning a mac, i'd take it easy at first.

    any answers/tips/advice are welcome.

    thanks
     
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Not sure what you mean by the "full Mac experience," but it should be a fine machine, as long as nothing's wrong with it. Enjoy!
     
  3. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    THE 2.26GHZ is good machine do you know ram and hdd size. 4gb ram and a fast 7200 drive like a scorpio black would make it hum.
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Depending on the RAM and HD, I wouldn't spend $500 CAD on it. But 2.26GHz is great.
     
  5. InsanelyApple macrumors 6502

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    That sounds like an alright deal, but wouldn't it be better to buy a refurbished on the Apple store to be sure it works instead of probably works?
     
  6. ShUpAC thread starter macrumors member

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    It has 2GB of RAM, 320GB of hd space. I didn't go the refurbished route because it would have cost more, plus taxes on top of that.

    When I say full mac experience, what I meant was that I won't have any problems watching videos online, browsing the web, itunes, and so on.. I hope the mini will be able to handle all of that.
     
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    It certainly can handle that, however, that seems a bit pricey for a used, stock model.
     
  8. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    It will - but so will just about any non-Mac computer. :cool:
     
  9. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    2GB RAM and the stock hdd are slow . proper upgrade is add ram and a better hdd. adding a 4gb stick of ram and a good hdd would make it a nice mini.


    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Western Digital/WD5000BEKT/


    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566DDR3S4GB/


    install video

    http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/mac_mini_2009/

    i did the 2.26 mini around 30 to 40 times selling them on ebay for a few dollars profit. so you are really looking at 630 or 650 CAD to have the machine work well. the upgrade above is far better then the machine as stocked. I would buy a 2.26 mini for 419 USD once in a while on apple refurb store. that model had 2 gb and 160gb hdd. I was always happy to get one I would add about 100 in mods and sell for 650 usd after fees and shipping I would make about 50 to 75 bucks.
     
  10. ShUpAC thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, everyone. got the mini this morning, and am just reinstalling snow leopard. hopefully everything goes smoothly.

    now to figure out how to transfer my itunes library and files from my win7 laptop to the mini..
     

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