Is it time for Mac #2?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DrStrangelove, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. DrStrangelove macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2006
    I've really been having a blast since joining this community and am finding tons and tons of great information. At the same time I'm finding too much information can be burdonsome and even scary.

    To wit: I bought my first Mac (20" mactel iMac) late Jan/early Feb. Man have I been happy with it. Reading some of the reviews here has made me a little nervous from time to time, but I understand the context of many of these "observations." I try to use them to inform myself but rest assured that it doesn't necessarily mean that I'll experience some of the problems.

    Anyone back to my point. When I bought the iMac I moved the old PC into the living room for my wife and kids to destroy if they wanted to. Anyone like to guess where they spend most of their time computing? Yeah, in my home office on my iMac- that there says something about quality- they're not so obsessed with the ol' PC-- never were.

    So after a few weeks I thought-- I'm going to buy them a mini-mac core solo for some minor gaming (kids games: Dora, 123, etc) and basic websurfing, email. Nothing of what my wife and kids do will be labor intensive. Then I joined here and read some of the complaints.

    Just wondering if it's time to buy the mini-mac solo for them or if it's best to hold off a few months. Any opinion is appreciated.
  2. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Buy it, the Minis will likly stay on the Core Solo/Dual Chip for a while, as right now it pretty poweful. Get the Mini and love it just like the iMac
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Hmm, how graphics intensive are the games? the main problem with the mini is the lack of standalone graphics card makes it not very suitable for gaming, however if the games aren't 3d or anything then you should have no problems with the Mini, otherwise the cheapest iMac might be a better deal, if you already have a flat screen etc. you can always ship them off to ebay.
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Buy it. The Mac Mini is a brand new system, and it will run whatever games your kids want to play just fine.

    Best deal too cause you can use your ol' PC keyboard and monitor with the Mini.
  5. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    I say buy the Mini Core Solo. It's a pretty nice buy, and then it will get your kids of the iMac, and you can reclaim your baby. ;)
  6. wPod macrumors 68000


    Aug 19, 2003
    Denver, CO
    buy it. i just bought the mini core solo and i am quiet impressed with it. i bought it mostly for an inexpensive file server, but after getting an elgato eyeTV 200 and setting it up as a sort of DVR i have realized the mini is decently powered. i would say about equivalent to my PB G4. i keep saying this, but i should really try it out. . . hmmm. anyway, the mini is great. just be sure to load it up with RAM. i am running 512MB of ram, but i have heard numerous people on these forums say that its worthless w/o 1GB of ram. (so im curious as to how well it will do when i upgrade to 1GB)
  7. queensnyc macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2006
    I just bought a Core Duo Mini and am loving it. It's my first Mac in many years and I've found it to be very capable, even the stock model. I plan to upgrade the memory soon, but with 512 MB it's still very peppy. The Core Solo should be more than adequate for your family to mess around with.

    Good luck!
  8. DrStrangelove thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2006
    Well, that's it.

    I'm going to get one today at some point. Two Macs in the house and a dual boot (XP/Linux) PC being retired.

    Actually I don't think I will retire it. I think I'll wipe XP, format that partition making it available to Linux and run a server to the Macs. That should work, yeah?

    I'll update on the Solo experience at some point.
  9. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    I am very happy withmy macmini, i dont use it much but i really love it when i use it. I have it setup beside my PC, after i play some games and i want to get some work done i click the switch and i get whatever i want done. You will enjoy it.
  10. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    Post pictures when you get it. :)
  11. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Good choice DrStrangelove! :)

    Not only will the kiddies and the wife have a nice new Mac to use- you should be able to get yours back! ;) :)
  12. DrStrangelove thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 26, 2006
    I've been up for 4 hours. I'm on kid duty today-- wifey is sleeping late. Our daughter is sick or I'd pack them up and take them with me.

    I can't WAIT for her to wake-up so that I can go get the goodies!
  13. cruxed macrumors regular


    Aug 28, 2005
    Hong Kong
    haha, I know the feeling of the anticipation that builds up when you are about to get new products :)
  14. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Yikes :eek: Hopefully you were able to get out of the house today to pick up the "goodies". :)

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