Concerns about buying MacMini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rudy26, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. rudy26 macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Hey Everyone,

    New to the forum, but looking forward to diving in and joining in the conversations!

    I'm about to throw out my old Windows XP machine and buy a Mac mini to use as my permanent day-to-day.

    I'm feeling that the Quad Core 2.3 with 8GB of RAM will be good for what I'm looking for, but wanted to get a couple of opinions.

    I'm going to be using it for word processing, web browsing, and running Adobe design software (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) and perhaps some video editing with Premiere/Final Cut, but not overly intense. Also might occasionally throw in a bit of audio recording/editing, and video/skype conferencing.

    Do you see anything that would be a stretch for the mini?

    Also, I already have two 24" monitors that are both DVI. Can I use the HDMI and Mini DisplayPort (with respective adaptors) and run a dual-monitor system? Not a mirror display, but two independent displays?

    If not, then is there any way to run multiple displays? And if so, is there an easier way to run it, since I don't like the idea of using up my thunderbolt port on a display when I might want it in the future for something like a hard drive. Any suggestions of how to get around this?

    Appreciate any and all help.

    Have a good one
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    Yes, you can drive two separate DVI monitors off the mini. You just need the MiniDisplayPort to DVI adaptor.
    Good Thunderbolt external drives should have two TB ports, one being a "pass-through" for your display. So don't worry about using up your TB port on a monitor.

    I use my 2012 mini for Creative Suite 6, and it is very fast. The power of the CPU more than makes up for any alleged shortcomings of the GPU.

    Don't buy 8Gb RAM from Apple: Get the base RAM, and buy from a third-party, like Crucial. Good quality RAM is very cheap, and Apple does charge a lot for adding RAM. It's very easy to fit it yourself: unscrew the "jam-jar" lid on the bottom, pop out the old sticks, press in the new.
    If you're feeling adventurous, you can even install a third-party SSD in the place of the hard drive. Otherwise, I would strongly recommend Apple's Fusion drive, which is super fast.
  3. madrag macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    I agree 100% with benwiggy, and I was very surprised with the speed of the Mini!

    Buy RAM from somewhere else and not Apple, they charge a lot more. I bought 16GB from Crucial for 58 EUR!, works great.

    Also the internal HDD, even being 5400 rpm, is really fast, faster than my previous 7200rpm drive. You will be happy with it and happier that in the future you can upgrade to an SSD and place it yourlself.
  4. Macclone macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2012
    Only buy 4gig of ram from Apple. Take the money you save and put it toward the fusion drive and 2.6 processor. Get 16 gig of ram from amazon for 80 bucks and you will be set. The performance of the mini is very good with this configuration.
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    I just received my Mac Mini yesterday. I went for the 2.6 processor and Fusion Drive, and 16GB RAM. Adding a MiniDP-DVI adapter (along with the HDMI-DVI adapter included in the box) I am driving two Dell 2001FP monitors, and it's working great. Assuming your 24" monitors are 1920x1080 resolution this will work fine for you; the built-in HDMI will support up to 2.75MP display. They'll be independent displays, just like in Windows.

    My old machine was a Dell with Windows 7. I used VMWare Fusion to "clone" that computer into a virtual machine on the Mini, so I can still use some Windows software while I'm fully transitioning to the Mac. I was frankly amazed at how quickly & easily it virtualized the old Windows box and how smoothly that works.
  6. Jedi macrumors regular


    Apr 28, 2008
    This as nothing to do with the subject , but everything to do with this subject.

    I have had 2 Mac Min`s , and when the time comes will buy a 3rd.

    They are great little power houses , there form factor is great , and they are
    fast... very fast !

    My 1st was the 1.83 GHz , and my 2nd is a 2010 ( the first one with HDMI ).

    My 3rd will be one with an SSD.

    Something to think about though:

    The base moves around a bit , so either but rubber feet on the bottom or just a piece of thing rubber ( like a gasket or similar [ go to any hobby or craft store ] , I was lucky my bank ( awhile back when banks could afford to give stuff away :eek: ) , ( another subject for another day ). They gave me a round rubber bottle / jar opener !

    I thought to myself what the heck am I going to use this for.
    So it sat in the kitchen utility drawer until I bought my first MM , and ever since that free piece of rubber has saved my Mini from moving and I did not have to had stick-on rubber feet ! and it`s a perfect size as you don`t even see the small rubber disc.

    One last hint , I have always had my Mini place on a 1" mini chopping block.
    Why you ask !!
    Ventilation , having it raised , even just a little , provides that extra bit of ventilation to help keep it happy during long days and nights.

    By all means , the Mini is the very best bang for your buck. {period} !! :)

    Later , Happy Holidays :D

    Gary 
  7. MJL macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    some people scoff at the idea (have posted before on the subject) but go to a motor bike shop and buy some airfilter intake foam - get the finest that they have (green).

    cut a hole in it the size of the black base and then cut it to the outside of the mini.

    place the mini on top of it: it won't slide, ever, and more importantly it keeps the inside free of dust.
  8. misfit356tsw macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    Interesting idea! Thanks!
  9. pertusis1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2010
    I love it. I have four 'Pink Pearl' erasers perched under my Mac Mini for rubber feet and ventillation.

    Mac mini 2012 Core i7 2.6 GHz, 16GB aftermarket ram. Works great for almost everything. Chokes up a bit on intense FCPX stuff, but even with FCP it works amazingly well. Wish I had coughed up the money for the fusion drive.
  10. jfriedman8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2008
    You'll be very happy with the Mini. I have the 2012 Server and I watch HD stuff on there all the time and it runs fine assuming my connection is working well. RCN in NYC SUCKS! Mine has never gotten very hot either.

    Only gripe I have with it is the slower HDD. I use a MBA and rMBP and I am used to the SSD speed. Other than that, I have no regrets for buying.
  11. JohnnyComeLatly macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2010
    The only part of your post I can't comment on is the Final Cut. I've used iMovie and ripped DVDs (I own) to put on my iPad. So, I haven't really taxed it but I have pushed it a bit. I bought the base mini, and then went to OWC for memory. Like previously stated, it's so easy to upgrade the RAM on a Mini, I could talk my 10yr old through it over the phone.

    I also upgraded the drive to an SSD (again from OWC). This I wouldn't have a 10 year old do, but with marginal skills and the tool kit (only a few $$ from OWC), it's pretty easy.

    I don't wait on apps. They pop up instantly.

    I think you'll be fine. Oh, and my Mini is mid-2012 build, and the cheapest one.
  12. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    You can buy a cheap 3rd party SSD and put it in a cheap 3rd party enclosure, connect it via USB 3, and it will give you a huge performance boost. Fusion drive is nice but I'd rather spend $100 for a nice SSD experience rather than $250...
  13. sauria macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2001
    Texas, USA
  14. Mojo1, Dec 18, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012

    Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    My 2.3GHz Mini connected to a 24" NEC display using an Apple Mini Display Port to DVI adapter via the Tunderbolt port has exhibited no issues. The problems that people have been experiencing are with displays connected via HDMI.

    I have the stock 5400rpm drive and it suits me just fine. If you must have the extra speed offered by an SSD I suggest seriously considering going for the Apple SSD upgrade. Sure, it costs more than doing it yourself. But when you figure in the time involved, the chance that something can go wrong and the fact that the Apple SSD doesn't void your warranty, I think that the price difference is worth the extra cost. And I am the type who usually goes with DIY... After watching the OWC video I am reluctant to tackle dismantling my Mini to install an SSD.
  15. sauria macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2001
    Texas, USA

  16. Agnoslibertine macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2011
    I was new to macs, and had a killer pc from last year, i bought my first mac about a month ago, a mac mini i7. Put in a ssd and 16 gb of ram.

    Lets just say, I kissed and said goodbye to my pc a week later. Sold it and have never looked back. Even if the mac os takes some getting used to, i feel like it is fun using a computer. No uncontrolled and constant software upgrades. It just works. :)

    Get the mac mini, you wont regret it unless you play lot of games.
  17. braddman macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    Except for the wake from sleep to static, which just doesn't work.

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