Buying Mac Mini today. Help from the Mini Community!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SinisterKid, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. SinisterKid macrumors member

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    Well my windows computer has crapped out on me today and after wanting a Mac for so long I am finally jumping in. Hoping the very knowledgeable community here will give me some advice.

    I am going to be using my computer for basic general things for the most part. Things like downloading and storing music and photos and regular browsing. But im also looking to start some Forex or stock trading in my spare time.

    Here is the setup I am likely going with:

    2.5 Ghz Mac Mini 2.5 Ghz from B&H Photo - $763
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/812531-REG/Apple_MC816LL_A_Mac_mini_Desktop_Computer.html

    3 years AppleCare for $52 and Parallels 7 for Free.

    I also will be purchasing 2 new monitors which ive chosen the Asus VE258Q because of good reviews and great price at Newegg. $199 each
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236123

    8gb Crucial 1333mhz memory (CT2KIT51264BC1339) from Amazon for $35

    Everywhere has free shipping so I am trying to take advantage of that and no taxes to save the most money.

    All input is appreciated.... Good or bad!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Input to what? It doesn't seem like you're asking a question.
     
  3. lickitysplit macrumors regular

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    Everything looks good. But just so you know you don't NEED to have the AMD video card for what you do but I'm sure thats what you WANT :)
     
  4. SinisterKid thread starter macrumors member

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    Basically the question is am I spending my money wisely? I dont want to go overkill but I want to have the right equipment. Was the memory I chose ok or should I spend a little more and get a different type? Anyone personally use that model Asus monitor?
     
  5. lickitysplit macrumors regular

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    I personally don't think its overkill if you go with the mid ranged mini. The memory is exactly what I bought for my server. And I had the exact same Asus monitor but a 24" and its a nice monitor, however I have my Mini on my 55" tv and ACD. The Asus was used on my gaming desktop for a little while but I now use the ACD for the desktop.
     
  6. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like a nice setup that will serve you well. I think you will like it.
     
  7. PLamarine macrumors 6502

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    Get the Mini Server. I am loving mine and this thing rips! $849 refurbed direct from Apple.
     
  8. SinisterKid thread starter macrumors member

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    I thought about getting the server but I wanted the AMD graphics for the chance I got into gaming. I would definitely like to have the quad core though im not sure the price is worth it. As of right now there isnt one in the Refurb store.
     
  9. PLamarine macrumors 6502

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    Gotcha. I have no problems with this doing gaming, YMMV. And where did you get Applecare for that price?
     
  10. SR45 macrumors 65832

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    I toyed with that same configuration, but settled on the basic MacMini without video card, 5400 rpm Hdd, and could not be happier. Got some Gskill memory to boost it up to 8 GB.

    Good luck ;)
     
  11. SinisterKid thread starter macrumors member

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    At B&H when you add it to the cart you have the option of choosing free software and half off of Applecare.

    That was my dilemma, I feel like the base Mini would be just fine for me, but I feel like if I spend the extra now I will be happier down the road with the faster processor and graphics.
     
  12. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    You don't need more than the base model.

    You don't need Apple Care.

    From a graphics perspective, those monitors are compromised. They will have inaccurate color, a limited viewing angle and other artifacts. That might or might not matter to you based on what you plan to use them for.
     
  13. BigDukeSix macrumors 6502a

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    I think Apple Care is a good deal. Having it got me a new HDD for my MacBook. You never know what might happen to your computer.
     
  14. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    It's a good deal for them, not for you. If it was a good deal for you, they wouldn't offer it.
     
  15. SinisterKid thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes and for 50 bux its not a bad deal. Me being new to Mac im sure i will have some questions, and cheap insurance too.

    As for the monitors I have read about the viewing angle not being that wide, Is there anything in the 200-250 price range that would be a better choice in 24" and up?

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    That depends on the value you personally place on their help.
     
  16. tinocordes macrumors newbie

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    Update

    But won't Apple make a smaller spec-update soon?
     
  17. talmy, Nov 28, 2011
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    Those monitors don't look like the way to go. Big but limited to 1080P TV resolution and the poor viewing angles and falloff of TN technology.

    IMHO there are no "good monitors" 24-inch and up in the $200-$250 price range. EDIT - I found a 23" IPS monitor (Dell) on Cyber-Monday sale today for $229. Dell UltraSharp U2312HM

    You might consider instead the 21" iMac which has an IPS display (same resolution, though), quad core processor, faster hard drive and graphics. Add a second IPS display later when you start trading.
     
  18. visim91 macrumors 6502

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    This is great, looks like you did your research.
    Apple Care can be useful for a laptop; I'm just not so sure about a Mini.
    Parallels is great.
    Monitor is alright. I recently got a 24" Apple LED from Craigslist for $399; a real bargain, and it blows the competition out of the water. Still, I don't know if you're the type to go digging for deals.
    Memory is always good to have.

    How about an iMac? They're beautiful, cheaper than the above, and will suit your needs just fine.

    All in all, I'd say go with your gut. If this configuration screams "SinisterKid's ultimate set-up", by all means, drop the hammer. It certainly is a "good deal", for all intents and purposes.
     
  19. donklaus macrumors member

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    Me too.

    Me too. Bought the same refurb deal, upgraded to 8 GB RAM, RAID striped the twin hard drives, and restored everything from a clone of my old MBP which it replaced as my desktop. Its a champ, and is noticeably snappier than my early 2011 13" MBP with the same RAM and a 750 GB Scorpio Black (7200 rpm) - the latter being closer to the Mini config the OP is considering. Plus I can use any monitor I want (already had all the peripherals that come with an iMac), including my near-new IPS monitor.
     
  20. SinisterKid thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I missed the deal on the Asus VE258Q at Newegg, they sold out. Maybe this is a sign to hold out for an IPS monitor.

    Does anyone know a decently priced IPS monitor? Instead of getting two right now I might just get one nice monitor and see how it works out before i purchase the second.
     
  21. Jayrcee macrumors regular

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    Dell has the U2412M on sale with free shipping for $299 for Cyber Monday.
     
  22. David085 macrumors 6502a

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    I just place a order for a Mac Mini today i5 Core 500 GB Hard Drive 2 GB Ram
    don't know when it will ship yet, go for it order the Mini is well worth it.
     
  23. SinisterKid thread starter macrumors member

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    Ordering the Mini, but still no monitor. Cant find Dells deal on the u2412m for 299, still shows at 379.

    Im assuming as long as I have a DVI hookup im good. Will that prove better than HDMI with the Mini? Seeing as I would have to use the HDMI to DVI adapater and I would have to get a Mini Display port to DVI for the second monitor.
     
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  25. visim91 macrumors 6502

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    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=apple+led+cinema+display+24+&_trksid=p5197.c0.m627


    This is what I have and let me tell you - it is an amazing match for a Mini/MacBook.
    I was fortunate and purchased mine for $399, but that was local (Craigslist).
     

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