I need help ASAP on purchace tomorrow !

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Groveboulevard, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Groveboulevard macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2019
    South Florida
    I am in between two Macs I found on offer up. I will be picking one of them up tomorrow after my research and question asking tonight lol. I will just be using it for Logic Pro X. Very light recording and producing. I am also going to upgrade the RAM and convert the HD to a SSD.
    (Recommendations on size upgrades for both will help!)

    The first Mac:

    Mac mini "Core i5" 2.5 (Late 2012)
    Model: A1347 (EMC 2570)
    ID: Macmini6,1
    RAM: 4 GB
    HDD: 500 GB
    VRAM: 512 GB
    Also comes with:
    Power cord
    HDMI cord
    Apple Magic Mouse Trackpad
    Apple wireless keyboard
    Dell 2408wfpb 24" Monitor
    Cosmetic Condition: 10/10 for everything.
    Price: $280.00

    The second:

    MacBook Pro "Core i7" 2.6 15" Mid-2012
    Model: A1286 (EMC 2556*)
    ID: MacBookPro9,1
    RAM: 8 GB*
    HDD: 750 GB*HDD
    VRAM: 1 GB
    Optical: 8X DL "Superdrive"
    Cosmetic Condition: 7/10: missing rubber on bottom and scratched up. Screen is 10/10.
    Comes with charger.
    Price: $260.00

    Also, this is my first post on this forum. So apologies if I broke a rule or two.
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Do you have mobility needs? If so get the laptop.

    Upgrading the older MBP is going to be a lot easier then opening up and upgrading the Mac Mini - spoken from experience.
  3. Groveboulevard thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2019
    South Florida
    Yeah it's looking like the MBP is gonna be the winner here
  4. jaduff46 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2010
    Second star on the right....
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The Macbook is the clear winner but you still might want to get a larger monitor for it. When you have lots of tracks up and then you go searching for a loop or instrument you can clutter up a small 13-inch screen in no time.

    The only real problem with a MacBook for recording is if the computer is in the same room as the microphone and the fan comes on. The Mic will pick up the noise. The smaller Mac Mini can be placed in a closet or even a soundproof box but you can not place a notebook in a closet. Even a small fan picks up n a good microphone.

    But maybe you don't care about fan noise, maybe the band is "way loud" and your needs are not so exacting.
  6. Groveboulevard thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2019
    South Florida
    Thanks for the input guys. Went with the MBP. Just got home with it and it is actually suprisingly fast. I got it for $240.00!! The screen was wobbly and battery cycle count was at 1200... So he agreed to drop it 20. Any suggestions on which OS I should run? I'm thinking high Sierra might be best?
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    Also besides the OS recommendation . Which should I replace first? The HD to an SSD (how many gb?) or more RAM ?
  7. jtara, Feb 2, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2019

    jtara macrumors 68000

    Mar 23, 2009
    It's likely that all 2012 models will be dropped in the next major release of MacOS.

    Keep that in mind.
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    Oh, OK, for that price... I wouldn't worry about when it loses OS support.

    There is absolutely no reason not to run Mojave on it. I don't know where anybody gets the idea that it is "better" to run an obsolete OS on older computers. If the machine is officially supported (and your is - for now) go with the latest.

    I guess this comes from the misguided idea that newer OSs require greater resources. It is just bad memories of Windows Vista! This is almost never the case with Apple. Generally, newer OSs run FASTER on the same hardware than older ones. Your computer is new enough that it's unlikely to be hampered by e.g. fancy graphics effects in the UI - and those can be turned off anyway. MacOS is not the Bloatware world of Windows. And, frankly, even Microsoft got their act together - every Windows computer that can run it should be running Windows 10, IMO.

    RAM, or hard drive > SSD? Both. I suppose the SSD first, because your hard drive is about to fail.
  8. Groveboulevard thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2019
    South Florida
    Thanks for that. I thought otherwise for a long time lol
  9. TGM85, Feb 3, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2019

    TGM85 macrumors member


    Aug 29, 2005

    Go with Mojave, no reason not to as jtara has already explained.

    A battery cycle count of 1.200 does have me worried a bit. I would replace it. A new battery is about $30 on Amazon and the install is easy enough: https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Pro+15-Inch+Unibody+Mid+2012+Battery+Replacement/10759

    Replace the HDD with an SSD asap. It will massively increase the performance and your enjoyment of the machine. You might also want to increase the amount of RAM while you're at it. I tend to get my parts from Crucial. A 500 GB SSD is $70. A 16 GB RAM kit is $100. (https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/comp...e/macbook-pro-(13-inch-and-15-inch,-mid-2012)).

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