First time mac buyer

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  1. Moncrieffe, Nov 17, 2012
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    Moncrieffe macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys, first post, long time viewer, I'm going to be buying my first mac, it will be the new Mac mini late 2012 model, I've seen one I'm wanting and it's the baseline Mac mini but it has been upgraded to 16gb of ram, I'll be using it for surfing downloading streaming the usual stuff and a couple of pieces of editing, I can get this for £550. What I'm wondering is, is it better to shell out more for the 256ssd and the i7 model? Or will the 16gb and the i5 model be ok?? There's no point in me getting 8gb of ram because its only a few quid cheaper where I can get it from. my budget is around £600

    Also, im a long time windows user.
     
  2. limesmoothie macrumors 6502

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    Depends how much editing you're talking about. I do a bit of photo but that's about it. I stuck with the base model and upgraded to 16GB of RAM myself (£55 for RAM). Thinking about an SSD upgrade in a few months, but not seeing the need so far. The i5 is very speedy, the i7 might be overkill for your needs.

    My sympathies on being a long time Windows user - I have Win 7 at work and its fine but I've been a Mac user since University - its much more fun! Had a play with Win 8 in John Lewis earlier - looked OK but most of the machines that had it running were i3 with 4GB RAM or less - speed difference was noticeable for me.
     
  3. Moncrieffe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for your reply, i think the fastest processor ive ever had is an i3 one, and that was a couple of years ago. so i take it this will be a big step up from that. did yours come with the standard 4gb or did you buy it like that and upgrade it your self? if it was upgraded by your self then did you notice a big difference?
     
  4. limesmoothie macrumors 6502

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    I was upgrading from a mid 2009 Macbook Pro with a Core 2 Duo processor, so I really noticed the difference even with the stock 4GB RAM. Yes, I bought the RAM from Crucial and upgraded myself. Amazon also sell the RAM kits. After I installed the 16GB it felt faster still. I am someone who tends to have loads of things running and tens of Safari tabs open, so I felt like it was a worthwhile upgrade for a small price.

    Its not a massively difficult job, it depends how confident you feel about stuff like that. Opening up the mini is a doddle, its just getting the RAM out and the new RAM in that is a tiny bit fiddly (as everything is packed in pretty tight), you just have to be careful with the clips that hold it in. Its only a five minute job.
     
  5. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Remember that the base model Mini is better than almost any Mac you could have bought 3-4 years ago, and people were getting along fine with those. So unless you specifically need very high end compute power you'll be fine.

    (Also the base Mini is going to be faster than almost any MacBook, which millions of people use as their primary computers.)
     
  6. Moncrieffe thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply, I've made my mind up and I'm going for the Mac mini i5 16gb of ram
     
  7. noteple macrumors 65816

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    With the iMacs being delayed I'm looking at another mini also.
    Great little machine. Enjoy it.
     
  8. Rhinoevans macrumors 6502

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    Me too. Was going to get the wife the 27", but now will get the Mac Mini, and the 27" Asus monitor on sale during Black Friday (USA) for $199. Saved some significant cash.
     
  9. motrek macrumors 68020

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    Sounds good. Please upgrade the RAM yourself since Apple's upgrade is a complete ripoff and doing it yourself is one of the rare "do it yourself" upgrades that Apple allows you to do without voiding your warranty.
     

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