iMovie user...should I upgrade my Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ericinboston, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. ericinboston macrumors 68000

    Jan 13, 2008
    Hi all! I have a Mini from 2007 (right after the refresh in late summer '07 so it has the 64-bit Intel Core 2 Duo). We really only use the Mini for iMovie and iDVD.

    Currently it has the stock 160gig 5400rpm drive and 2gig RAM.

    I am considering upgrading the RAM to 4gig and the drive to a 320gig 7200rpm and reinstall the OS (there really isn't anything on the Mini to back up).

    But, even though technically this will make the Mini perform better, will I see much of a true performance improvement when using iMovie and iDVD? I mean, the rendering takes F O R E V E R currently in iMovie and ditto for whatever iDVD is doing when it is trying to make the master before burning the dvd.

    I believe most of the perf problems are due to the drive speed but it also never hurts to have as much ram as you can afford. :)

    So...would you bother with all the egg-shell-tip-toeing I need to do to upgrade it or just leave it alone? We only make a few movies a year...$90 is not a problem on the upgraded parts. I'd love to hear from people who did a similar upgrade for the purpose of iMovie and iDVD...

    Thanks in advance!

  2. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    You're more likely to see a bigger improvement in rendering times by investing in an ouboard H.264 device, like the Elgato Turbo or Turbo HD.

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