first mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mercuryguy, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. mercuryguy macrumors member

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    Hey guys,

    Thinking about buying a mac mini.
    The configuration is below
    * 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    * 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    * 320GB Serial ATA Drive

    Price with edu discount is $749 pre-tax.

    I will be using this for light browsing, hooking it up to a samsung tv/monitor (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280) and watching movies.
    You guys think this is a good choice?
     
  2. DDave macrumors regular

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    It think it's an awesome choice, but with that config you can do so much more. Also have you looked at the referb site, there's some great deals on minis right now on there
     
  3. mercuryguy thread starter macrumors member

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    On the Apple refurb store, it says there are no mac mini's
     
  4. LucasLand macrumors 6502a

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    next month i plan on doing the same thing. only difference I'm going to combine my TV viewing with the mini. Instead of a monitor I'm going to buy one of samsung's new 1080p HDTV's. i think its going to be a sweet setup.

    If you want to save money on keyboard & mouse, do a search of macally products. they have some nice stuff that are way cheaper than apple's
     
  5. MacKiddyWiddy macrumors 6502

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    mate dont spend as much money on the kit like that if all your doing is light stuff.... you wont need 4gb ram, 2 will suffice [​IMG] save money and spend it on peripherals!!
     
  6. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, it's rare to find Minis in the refurb store. When they do show up, they tend to go very quickly. I would actually stick with the 4GB of RAM, especially if you are going to be viewing 1080 video. The bigger HD may or may not be necessary. If you are going to be mostly streaming video, you may not need that big of a HD. If you plan on storing it locally, you may need the space. Then again, I would probably stick with the smaller HD and get an external FW800 model like the Ministack. It will be faster (7200RPM vs 5400) and cheaper.
     
  7. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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  8. mercuryguy thread starter macrumors member

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    I like your idea. I was also planning to buy 1TB external drive to save all the movie files.
    What do you guys think the difference between 2.26 and 2.53 cpu is? will it make a big difference if I go with the 2.26.

    Thanks!
     
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  10. mercuryguy thread starter macrumors member

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    what do you think about the attached config.

    It looks like I will be using it for more than light browsing and movie watching. I might be running like 50 firefox tabs. my wife will be using it too for composing documents and such.
     

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  11. JLandis macrumors member

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    I think it is a good choice. I just purchased the exact machine with edu discount yesterday. I will be using it as an HTPC. It will match those type of tasks perfectly.
     
  12. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

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    I took that low-end refurb mini and added the following:

    http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digit...1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1256156807&sr=8-1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...0148192&cm_re=pc3-8500-_-20-148-192-_-Product

    3 GB total RAM should be about as good as 4 GB if using a Mini. I actually got lucky buying the authentic Apple memory on ebay for $10, but the above RAM is what I would have gotten if I didn't find that on ebay.

    The hard drive I opted for more speed instead of size with the 7200 RPM drive since most files are stored externally.
     
  13. California macrumors 68040

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    What's interesting is I got the 2.26ghz Mac Mini off the refurb site in mid August.

    It came with regular Leopard.

    Does this mean that the newer Mac Mini's will not be able to boot into regular Leopard now?

    Only Snow Leopard?
     
  14. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I think the 2.26 version will work just fine. Firefox is a memory hog, so as long as you have the RAM boosted to 4GB, you should be ok. With the factory only running $100 vs. ~$80 for doing it yourself, it's a worthy upgrade. Leave the stock HD there and stream from an external FW drive.
     
  15. calderone macrumors 68040

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    It should run Leopard fine. They haven't changed the hardware outside of the processor.
     
  16. California macrumors 68040

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    I don't know if this is true. They will ship with Snow Leopard.

    I think regular 10.5 Leopard will now be an OS step backwards for the new Mac Minis...

    I bet they do NOT run 10.5 but only 10.6...

    Would be interested to know if the new ones do run regular Leopard.
     
  17. mercuryguy thread starter macrumors member

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    Does anybody know if the new macmini can handle 8G RAM?

    thanks!
     
  18. DDave macrumors regular

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    Actually there was an article this morning about that. Yes they can take 8mb. here's the link

    http://www.macminicolo.net/state2009.html
     
  19. linuxidiot macrumors member

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    There was a quote on a Mac Mini/Server tear-down on the new firmware allowing up to 8GB, but seeing as I have yet to buy one, I am not sure.

    http://www.macminicolo.net/state2009.html

    darn beaten while I was trying to locate the link again
     
  20. mercuryguy thread starter macrumors member

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    That's great to know the new macmini's can handle 8G. I am ordering a 4G mini, but the prices of 4G is still very high, it might take 2 years for those prices to go down.
     

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