Help, Mac mini or Mac mini Server?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by LEStudios, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. LEStudios macrumors 6502

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    Apple announced New Mac mini on the 15th so far I found Mac mini at

    MacConnection has it for $679.99 and
    http://clickserve.cc-dt.com/link/click?lid=41000000031545590&pubid=21000000000279836

    They have the Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server for $959.99
    http://clickserve.cc-dt.com/link/click?lid=41000000031545470&pubid=21000000000279836

    Amazon has Mac mini for $669.99! Cool I have Amazon Prime that has 2-Day Shipping Free or Next Day Delivery for $3.99!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...mp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0013FK9U2

    Amazon has Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server for $974.99 I really want this one!
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...mp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0013FO7TQ

    So which one of these would you choose? :confused:
     
  2. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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  3. belvdr macrumors 603

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    You haven't given us a clue as to what your needs are, so how do you expect us to answer?
     
  4. bimmerfreak0 macrumors member

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    Was thinking of this as an alternative to a mini...obviously it's way more specced...but it has quite a bit larger case too...I dunno what to do. Form or function:( Suggestions?

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    Subtotal: $845.91
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    Obviously if I got the mini it would either be the server edition (slap on regular SL) or the 2.4 ghz, 500gb 4gb ram model of the regular mini. The PC is a little more but does so much more. But the mini...well it's small as hell.
     
  5. gostan macrumors regular

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    What makes you think that you can (slap on regular SL) so simply to make the server work like a regular mini??
     
  6. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

    xi mezmerize ix

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    Maybe he's just a big stud. ;)
     
  7. snsr macrumors member

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    The "server" is regular mini hardware, it just has a second HD instead of a DVDR.
     
  8. bimmerfreak0 macrumors member

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    I've read mixed reviews on doing this. Others have said...why bother. It's the same basically as a regular mini (and use it like one).

    The point is I would get a config (like the one I posted) or a mini with an external blu-ray via firewire 800 and a 2 tb firewire 800 external hDD.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MRF8USD5BD/
    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/Products.asp?DriveID=756

    Only prob with the mini is it would at base run well into $1k whereas the other setup is much more powerful for less money. But I do love OSX and Boxee on it, runs flawless. It's just a gamble using MakeMKV with OSX and blu-ray IMO. Pondering hard.
     
  9. speedwaygirl macrumors member

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    One thing that I don't see mentioned in all these threads and comparisons is not only does the server have the faster processor, greater RAM, AND two 500 GB HD's for $300 more, they are also 7200 RPM HARD DRIVES!!!! Now I have an external Lacie Dual Layer DVD Writer, and I am STRONGLY leaning toward the Server. Just waiting to see some reviews first. It still comes with the iLife software, so it seems like win/win to me.

    Am I missing something?
     
  10. speedwaygirl macrumors member

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    My bad. Looks like that may just be good ole Amazon misinformation that I got!
     
  11. sdv5 macrumors member

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    Clarified that iLife does not come with server OS.
     
  12. speedwaygirl macrumors member

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    It was when Amazon first posted the new Mac Mini and Server versions, but they still had pictures of the regular Mac Mini, and some of the spec info on the Server page. I went over to the Apple site, and it contradicted some of the Amazon info. What a let down!
     
  13. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe I'm ignorant to its wonders, but... frankly, I find iLife pretty crap. No loss at all.
     
  14. bimmerfreak0 macrumors member

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    The only reason I need iLife is for iPhoto. We use it extensively. Also, the server edition does not do bootcamp...so never can you even contemplate having windows on it....
     
  15. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I'd recommend VMware Fusion anyway. You can run all the Windows apps straight from the Finder menu bar in OS X.
     
  16. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Ah! Now, that is significant to me.
     
  17. speedwaygirl macrumors member

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    I want iLife for my son for the guitar lessons on GarageBand.
     

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