Is The 2.0GHz Mac Mini Really Worth It? And Why? ($799)

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  1. iNew2Macs macrumors newbie

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    Ok, im looking around and I see PCs have like twice as fast CPU's for like 1 or 2 hundred more.

    Can anyone tell me why I should get a Mac Mini ($799) instead of getting twice the better specs for $100 more for a PC?

    Also, 2GB or should I upgrade it to 4GB for +$90?

    Or I should get the $599 Model and upgrade to 4GB and just keep the 120GB HDD. Very Cheaper.

    I am using a student Store.

    I just want to know what am I benefiting for getting a Mac
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    $799 mini is bad value, IMO. If you get the $599, you will need to add more RAM but that can be had for $60-$70 for 4GB (although its not straightforward to add).
     
  3. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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    Horrible value. Get the base mini with the 2.26ghz cpu option instead.
     
  4. iNew2Macs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I definitely cant do it buy myself. First I buy the RAM. Which is about 30 Dollars at BestBuy, The GeekSquad charges $40 for RAM installation. Thats $70 Dollars plus Tax. So I'll just stick with the education configure price. ;)

    So the $599 + 4GB Ram Configure is good enough?

    I think I'll compare the prices and see what more can I get for my buck :cool:
     
  5. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    If you can wait about a month or so, you can save even more $$$ by getting a refurb (http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/specialdeals/mac?mco=MTE3NjY).
     
  6. TrapOx macrumors 6502

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    No. Get the 2.26ghz CPU option. The CPU is not upgradable so you're stuck with what you buy.
     
  7. iNew2Macs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    WTF!?! Refurbished iMac for $850? :eek:

    Wow.

    Ok they check everything and I get a 1 year Warranty. Now can I renew the warranty for 3 years like the others?

    And do they replace the case if its scratched up a lot?
     
  8. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Keep in mind that is previous gen (but who gives a crap). Yes, you can get AppleCare. Yes, they may replace it if the case has a really deep scratch, but not small scratches like the plastic will get. I don't see why they wouldn't replace it if the aluminum is scratched and the will definitely replace it if the glass is scratched.
     
  9. iNew2Macs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Previous Gen? Would the comp get slower if I installed Snow Leapord in the future?

    Thanks
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Even if its previous gen, it'll probably be quicker than the mini at most things. The RAM install on an iMac is 1 screw so anyone can do it.
     
  11. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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    It won't be scratched.

    Refurbs are often better quality since the innards are put in a brand new casing by hand.

    Quite often you get hidden surprises: bigger HDD, or RAM, than advertised.

    It will most certainly support SL. Apple aren't goin to release a computer one year for it not to support their OS the following year.

    They're still supporting Power PC Macs from a few years ago - and they're a totally different architecture.
     
  12. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Size is the main reason. As you can see from the attachment the Mini is considerably smaller than a regular desktop computer. Making it ideal for those who are tight on space. It also consumes a tiny amount of power (in fact it's actually the worlds most power efficient desktop computer), making it ideal for those using it as a home theatre PC or server as it wont run up the electricity bills and it runs in almost silence.

    You must understand that this product is not designed to compete with a desktop PC tower, and it's target audience understands that.
     

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  13. iNew2Macs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the pic comparison.

    I think Im gonna go with the Refurbished iMac.

    Come one $850? Thats a very good deal.

    Watched the RAM Installation and it couldnt get any easier.

    Thanks a lot, I just learned like 4 things in this thread.
     
  14. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    About the RAM installation on the iMac. When you remove the door on the bottom, you will need to pull the paper tab to make the RAM pop out. Be warned, you will need to pull the tab very hard. Just thought I'd say in case you thought there was something wrong with it.

    Oh and order it quick, good deals on the refurb store never last long.
     
  15. iNew2Macs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you think they'll have it in June?
     

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