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  1. acrahm macrumors regular

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    hey all,

    i just purchased this off apples refurbed store
    Refurbished Mac mini, 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
    512MB memory
    80GB hard drive
    SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 memory
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    • Save 41% off the original price
    Original price: $799.00
    Your price: $479.00

    it seemed like a great deal, how much upgrading can i do on it? i figured memory will be simple but what about the HD? the bad thing is if there is a decent upgrade i will probably purchase another one...
     
  2. mac-convert macrumors 6502a

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    You definitely want to upgrade the memory. You can do this yourself, or find someone who has done it before if you are squeamish about opening the mini. The only other upgrade I did on mine was to get a couple of USB externals and a Belkin port expander.

    Enjoy it - I have.
     
  3. kingpikey macrumors member

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    I agree, upgrade the memory ASAP. Nice that it has a DVD-RW too.
     
  4. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

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    I think $479 is a great price on that, considering they still sell the 1.66ghz for $649.

    You get 2gb of ram in that and you'll have one nice machine.
     
  5. ipodtouchy333 macrumors 65816

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    Definately, like others have said, more RAM. Myabe a bigger/faster hard drive if that doesn't void the warranty and hopefully pretty easy to install it. Other than that congratulations!
     
  6. Chad H macrumors 6502a

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    I got the same setup from the Apple refurb store. I have already upgraded the HD and RAM. I bumped it to 2GB of RAM and 160GB 7200RPM Hitachi HD. This thing is a little beast. I love it. :)
     
  7. acrahm thread starter macrumors regular

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    did you have the HD installed or did you do it yourself?
     
  8. acrahm thread starter macrumors regular

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    anyone know what kind of RAM and HD will work?
     
  9. Chad H macrumors 6502a

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    I did it myself. It was rather simply but I have been working on PC's for 5 years or so now. But its well worth it!
     
  10. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    Bye, bye applecare.
     
  11. Chad H macrumors 6502a

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    I knew that when I did it. But I can fix anything on this device really so I'm not worried about it.
     
  12. acrahm thread starter macrumors regular

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    how can you upgrade it without voiding the applecare
     
  13. clyde2801 macrumors 601

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    You can put in the max ram (as long as you can do it without breaking anything); anything else has to be done by a licensed applecare provider.
     
  14. acrahm thread starter macrumors regular

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    sorry to bring up a semi-old topic, i just got this mini today and i am a little confused about upgrading it. with regards to upgrading the memory, can i put in 2 2gb sticks? and with the HD how much of a difference is an 7200 rpm 160 vs 5400rpm 250 gb? (speed wise)

    thanks again!

    one other thing, if i get the stuff installed by a apple certified place, does that effect the warranty or applecare?
     

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