Easy to add RAM to Mac Mini?

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  1. diehldun macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2003
    I am about to order a new 1.42 GHz Mac Mini for my parents! (a big step for them... they've been die-hard PC fans for years)

    My only question is... is it easy to add Crucial RAM to the Mini AFTER buying it? Because from pictures, I don't see a "door" or something that pops out easily to add ram (like my PowerBook).

    It's only less than $100 to do 512MB direct from Apple, but won't that take long for it to arrive? I was hopping to stop by the Apple Store, pick it up there, and then install RAM later.

    Also, is 512MB of RAM enough? I know 256 is now the bare minimum on MacOs X, but is 1-GB too much? I have 1.5 on my PB, and i think it's overkill...

    Thanks for the imput! (whew! I feel so glad that I've successfully converted my parents!) :)
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Define "easy".

    If you have experience opening machines and adding RAM... AND you can follow directions and not rush things or apply excess force, then it is relatively easy. If you have never opened a computer before, this would not the the best one to start with.

    Search these forums for links to instructions -

  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    If you're the type of person who accidentally pokes your eye when you were aiming for a nostril, then don't bother. You'll just scratch that baby up.

    However, if you can follow instructions, then nah, its cool. Just follow one of the many extensive instructions on the net. :)
  4. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
  5. nospleen macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2002
    I did it a for a friend, and it was waaaaay easier than I expected. I say add it yourself!
  6. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    I say get the ram first, then take it to an apple store, buy a mini, and get someone at the store to fit it for you. If you go to the genius bar, I think they'll do it free of charge.
  7. mgargan1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2003
    Reston, VA
    you'll need a putty knife, and some patience. As far as how much memory your parents require, it all depends on what they want to do. 1GB is not overkill on OS X. The more memory OS X has, the more it uses, and if they want this machine to last a long time, then 1GB will be great. You know as well as I do that even three years ago, having 1GB was almost unheard of. Having 512 was a huge amount, and people thought to themselves, "i wont need that much". People who just did word processing, and email were using 64 and 128MB of RAM. That's not enough to run the OS today. So I say, if you can afford it, get them the 1GB, and if you can't... it's not going to be that bad. It's all if you're willing to pay for it.
  8. feakbeak macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    I put my 1 GB stick in myself. Swapping the RAM is terribly easy, the only tricky part is opening and closing the case. Like many poster have already said there are extensive instructions on the internet that are pretty easy to follow. I also agree, if you've never done hardware maintenance on a computer, I wouldn't start with this one.

    If you do decide to go for a 1 GB and do not wish to install it yourself, I would still by 3rd party RAM and pay someone the $25-30 to install it. It still comes out about $100 cheaper then getting it direct from Apple. What will your folks be doing on the Mac mini? 512 MB may be enough for their needs, but if you're going to be upgrading the RAM you might as well go for 1 GB it'll give the machine a little more longevity. Besides if you get the 512 MB and then later you want 1 GB you'll have to get rid of the 512 MB stick.
  9. mrzeve macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2005
    Instructions chuoctions!

    I just got a putty knife and jammed that baby in there, and just found the clips and bada bing bada boom I was done.

    Its really easy, I dont know why people get so nervous about it.
  10. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
    Yes its easy! Then again i used to work as an Auto Body Technician, so i can pretty much take a car completely apart and re assemble it. So easy to me might not be easy to you. All you need is a putty knife and some elbow grease. :D

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