Is this a good deal for a mac mini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by guyht, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. guyht macrumors newbie

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    I have been offered the following by a company who specialises in using Mac Minis as hosted servers.

    Mac Mini 2007, Intel Core Duo, 1.83Ghz, 2GB ram, 500GB (upgraded) HDD.

    They are offering me the above for £200 ($320).

    Is this a good/fair price? And how reliable is a 3 year old mac mini? What are the potential issues I am likely to have?

    Thanks

    G
     
  2. sportster macrumors 6502

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    http://www.mac2sell.net/ shows the value to be about $230.

    I've found this page to be pretty close on when I buy and sell on craigslist or ebay. But, then again it's only worth what you want to pay for it.
     
  3. guyht thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm, the uk version of the sites lists the value at £190. Maybe mac minis are worth more in the UK?
     
  4. WildGuess macrumors regular

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  5. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    They are, because the purchase price is a lot higher than across the pond.
     
  6. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Looking at completed sales on ebay.co.uk for mac minis, it's a very good price. You're getting a load of RAM and a bigger HD - a C2D 1.83 would go for about £300 on the E with these specs.

    I'm always happy to use anything above a Core 2 Solo - these are to be avoided (the first generation of Intel macs).
     
  7. wordoflife macrumors 604

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    I'm happy to use anything above a Core 2 Solo and Intel graphics.

    Btw, the first generation of Macs had a Core Solo (not Core 2 Solo) ... right?
     
  8. Agurri macrumors 6502

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    Well, the first Intel mac mini was both. You could get the low-end Core Solo or the higher end Core Duo.
     
  9. MacHamster68, Feb 14, 2011
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    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    a 1.83core duo in working condition for £200 ...even if it would come without OS and without ram or harddrive get as many as you can get , even the 1.66 go for for over £250 on ebay the 1.83 usually £300 + and the 1.83 core 2 duo even closer to £400 (buy it now prices)

    my mini G4 1.42 i sold about in november on ebay got bids ovr £220 ,ok upgraded to 1 Gb and prestine condition like new in undamaged original box with all documentation including the :apple: stickers
     
  10. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Uhh yes. Whoops. Wiki tells me there was indeed a Core 2 Solo, so I didn't just dream it. Apparently only used in ultra low power stuff, like netbooks.

    Either way, if it's Intel and has the word 'Solo' in it, don't buy it :)
     
  11. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Or buy it and upgrade it to a 'Merom' Core 2 Duo. The Core Solo mini has a socketed (Socket 479) processor and is fully compatible with the first generation of socketed Core 2 Duo chips. You could throw a 2.33 GHz 64-bit Core 2 Duo T7600 in there.
     
  12. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    At £180 UK price for a T7600, that's a pretty expensive upgrade compared to the value of the system. US prices show it about $260.
     

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