Hardware Upgrades for the New (03-Mar-2009) MacMini!

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  1. Zyniker macrumors 6502

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    So, seems to make sense to start a thread for third-party hardware upgrades for the MacMini now that's it's been updated. ;)

    If you have recommendations for do-it-yourself upgrades to the new MacMini, post links to the third-party hardware here!

    (A good place to start your search is NewEgg.)
     
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  7. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    The upgrades you've linked plus the $150 processor upgrade from apple gives us a 2.26 C2D mini with 4 GB RAM and 320 GB 7200 rpm HD for ~$880. Nice. :)
     
  8. spank2223 macrumors member

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    how hard is it to upgrade the ram and hard drive on the mini. this is my first mini. I have built PCs and have replace laptop memory on my MBP but not sure about the mini
     
  9. phobic99 macrumors 6502a

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    Amazon has the WD Scorpio Black drive for $10 cheaper as an OEM version (drive is new but has no retail packaging).
     
  10. robotartfashion macrumors 6502

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    that link above is for an oem version from newegg

    i checked amazon and it appears you're looking at the scorpio "blue" which is a 5400 rpm drive

    the scorpio "black" is 7200 rpm and is $79.99 on amazon as well :)
     
  11. Zyniker thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll let you know when I receive my new MacMini. I just placed the order about ten minutes ago. :)
     
  12. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    These would be my first upgrades :)

    500GB 7200 RPM HDD Here

    4GB RAM Here
     
  13. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I just bought my $599 mac mini tonight and just finished installing a 320gb hitachi travelstar 7200 rpm 16mb cache hdd + 4gb of RAM.

    Wow it runs ALOT faster connected to my 24" LED ACD than I imagined.

    Now I'm going to put my 15" 2.53ghz mbp on eBay and pocket the extra $$$.
     
  14. DJAKO macrumors 6502a

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    How long did this process take?
     
  15. sinophilia macrumors regular

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    Maybe it's a silly question but... does the new mini have a 3Gbit/s hard drive from the factory or do you still need to set its jumpers if you want to install a faster hard drive, in order to make it run at 1.5Gbit/s?

    The Seagate Momentus 320GB SATA-II 7200rpm hard drive I bought wouldn't work properly in my old mini (it would stop spinning making the computer freeze for minutes.. then start again etc.). Now I wonder if I can safely put it in a new mini (it worked fine in an external case so it wasn't faulty I suppose).

    Thanks!
     
  16. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    I did the ram upgrade with Mushkin. I enjoyed the boost.
     

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