Hmmm... return Mac mini to upgade to i7?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by eoren1, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. eoren1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
    So I have the 2.5 GHz i5 Mini and had planned to upgrade RAM and add SSD. I'm now realizing that, bang for the buck, a dual core i7 likely would offer much more than adding an SSD (for Lightroom/Photoshop tasks). I bought the mini in an Apple store and, therefore, also payed $56 in taxes.

    Wondering if:
    There is a restocking fee within the first 14 days
    If not, can I get the non-server Mini with an i7 anywhere that is tax-free
    If so, likely will get a 7200 RPM drive to clone the current one to and then swap that into the new Mini

    Appreciate any advice
  2. Minicube macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2011
    #2 for tax free, depends on where you live. In CA we now have to pay tax on everything purchased anywhere.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Photoshop is debatable about the benefit of hyper threading. Some have found it to be faster with ht turned off. An SSD is probably the best upgrade you could do especially if your read/write the disk a lot.
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    no restocking if done in less then 14 days.

    As to the better deal for your work hard to tell without actual tests.
  5. eoren1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
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    Yah. Was hoping to find some geekbench results for the 5,2 as an i5 vs i7. The photoshop speed test would be an even better test.
  6. japtor macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    Both those chips have hyper threading, the only difference between them is 200mhz (normal and at max turbo) and an extra MB of cache.
  7. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
  8. eoren1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2007
    Thanks all
    Did some more research on the two CPUs and there is likely to be no real world difference
    Will upgrade RAM
    Doubt I'll go for the SSD until LR/PS show clear advantages with it
  9. indiekiduk macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2005
    Glasgow, Scotland
    SSD is the best upgrade you could do
  10. KSpider macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    This is false. It is only for out of state online retailers that have a california affiliation. It is nowhere near the blanket statement you made.
  11. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Somehow I doubt that. Most states require payment of state sales tax when buying online or via mail order, regardless of whether the item was purchased in-state or out of state.
  12. japtor macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    You're supposed to pay a "use tax" for out of state stuff...most people just don't report it though.

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