Mac Mini 2.0MHz

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by skipriverstone, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. skipriverstone macrumors member

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    Hello Everyone,

    I have a:

    Model Name: Mac mini
    Model Identifier: Macmini 3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    and

    I want to upgrade it's hard drive to a Western Digital Scorpio Black WD3200BEKT 320GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Notebook Hard Drive - Bare Drive and add Mushkin Enhanced 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Memory.

    Questions:

    Can the processor handle this upgrade? (If not)
    Can I upgrade the processor?
    Or should I just buy a new Mac Mini!

    Thanks
     
  2. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    Yes

    No

    Only if the 400MHz speed difference and better graphics matter to you.
     
  3. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    Thanks DannySmurf

    I currently have:
    2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory

    Will the new Hard Drive and the added Memory help my performance?
    Because the cost is an issue. The upgrade will cost $320.00 and a new Mac Mini will cost $1,200.00.


    Mac Mini 2009 - 2.0GHz or 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor
    Mac Mini 2010 - 2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor

    Mac Mini 2009 - NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
    Mac Mini 2010 - NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
     
  4. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

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    The RAM might help. Depends how much you have now and what you use it for. The hard drive will definitely speed things up. The switch from a 5400 to a 7200 RPM drive is very noticeable.

    If I were in your position, I would upgrade what I had. The new machines are nice, but they're not SO much better than the last generation that a $1200 hardware upgrade is justified.
     
  5. Giuly macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    BS, they just boot into 32Bit-Mode by default, but 64Bit Applications can use more then 3.2GB even on 32Bit kernel.

    Hard drive: No, you don't want to. You want to put the 500GB one in there. - Or wait 2 Weeks until Seagate's 750GB 7200RPM drive is available on NewEgg, because you only want to open the Mini up once.

    RAM: You want make sure to put in one of these or OWC
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    Yes, you're right. I read 2,1 (Calistoga) not 3,1 (9400m).
     
  7. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    Sweat! Thanks Guys, this is really helpful.

    Does anyone know if this will work?

    Do I need to do anything else to help in the upgrade?

    The total upgrade cost is $520.00 through Amazon.com

    Going from:
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 2 GHz 1067MHz 3 MB

    FUJITSU 120GB SATA

    4 GB (2x2GB) DDR3 SODIMM 204 pin 1067MHz PC3

    Going to:
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor 3 GHz 1333MHz 6 MB LGA775 CPU

    Seagate Momentus XT 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Solid State Hybrid Drive - Bare Drive

    8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SODIMM 204 pin 1333Mhz PC3 10600 8GB
     
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    You cannot replace the cpu because it's epoxied. In addition, it wouldn't take a 775 chip.
     
  9. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    Thanks Caveman,

    Can I change the processor at all?

    Should I not worry about the processor and just change the hard drive & memory?

    Cheers
     
  10. doktordoris macrumors 6502a

    doktordoris

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    the previous poster just said -

    "You cannot replace the cpu because it's epoxied. In addition, it wouldn't take a 775 chip."

    And my advice is, if you are desperate to have a machine with a bit more beef up it's kilt, flog the mini and buy an iMac. Simple.
     
  11. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    So true Doctor,

    Those iMac's are SICK!!! I wish I had the cash.

    At $1,600.00 for a basic 27". OUCH

    Here is what I found:

    I can not upgrade my Mac Mini's processor. OH WELL : (

    But, I will upgrade my Hard Drive to a 500GB 7200 RPM 2.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s and my Memory to 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SODIMM 204 pin 1067MHz PC3 for a total cost with shipping on amazon.com $295.00

    Thanks everyone for their input.

    If anyone has used the above upgrade on their Mac Mini, please give feed back regarding anything good or bad.

    Cheers
     
  12. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    Morning, Afternoon or Good Evening everyone,

    Well I pulled the trigger and bought the following for $295.00 (including S/H):

    Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

    and

    KomputerBay 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SODIMM 204PIN 1333Mhz PC3 10600 Memory

    The problem I'm having now is I can't see anything on my monitor. I hear the HD spinning. I have a wireless keyboard and mouse.

    I also used Super Duper to transfer my old 120GB HD to a LaCie external HD for a bootable HD. I still have the old HD with all it's original apps.

    Do I need a USB keyboard and mouse to activate my new HD?

    I'm stuck any advise would help.

    Thanks in advance for any in put...
     
  13. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    I found my error:

    Komputerbay 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SODIMM 204 pin 1333Mhz PC3 10600

    Komputerbay 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SODIMM 204 pin 1066Mhz PC3 8500

    I ordered the wrong Memory. DUH

    Anyways, I took out the new memory 1333Mhz and installed the old memory 1066Mhz. Bingo it works, the wireless keyboard & mouse.

    So now I'm waiting for response from KomputerBay. I need to exchange my original order of 1333Mhz to the 1066Mhz. Crossing Fingers

    If anyone has 2 cents add it...
     
  14. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    Recent Macs have been sensitive to RAM timings. You can get the "right" sticks on paper, but they still won't work. My advice is to buy RAM specifically for the 9400m Macs, such as from OWC or NewEgg.
     
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  16. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    Thanks Caveman,

    Not sure what to look for 9400m Macs?

    Here is Newegg:
    CORSAIR 8GB (2x4GB) 204 Pin DDR3 SODIMM 1066Mhz PC3 8500
    Crucial 8GB (2x4GB) 204 Pin DDR3 SODIMM 1066Mhz PC3 8500
    Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 8GB (2x4GB) 204 Pin DDR3 SODIMM 1066Mhz PC3 8500
    G.SKILL 8GB (2x4GB) 204 Pin DDR3 SODIMM 1066Mhz PC3 8500

    Here is Amazon:
    KomputerBay 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SODIMM 204 pin 1066Mhz PC3 8500 for Apple 8 GB
    Komputerbay 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 SODIMM 204 pin 1066Mhz PC3 8500 for Apple 8 GB with SODIMM Heatsink for extra cooling
    Axiom AX 8GB (2x4GB) SODIMM 204 pin DDR3 1066Mhz PC3-8500 unbuffered non-ECC
    EDGE 8GB (2x4GB) SODIMM 204 pin DDR3 1066Mhz PC3 8500 unbuffered non ECC

    Here is OWC:
    SDRAM Two 4GB (4096MB) 8GB 204-pin DDR3 1066 PC3 8500
     
  17. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    Caveman,
    Still not sure where you're getting 9400m from. Please be more helpful...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...00032360&IsNodeId=1&name=DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500)

    I just upgraded my Mac Mini 3,1 from:

    Model Name: Mac mini
    Model Identifier: Macmini 3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    TO:

    Model Name: Mac mini
    Model Identifier: Macmini 3,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 3 MB
    Memory: 8 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz

    By using:

    WD Scorpio Black Hard drive 500GB internal 2.5" SATA 300 7200 rpm buffer: 16 MB $82.00
    Komputerbay 8GB (2x 4GB) DDR3 SODIMM (204 pin) 1066Mhz PC3 8500 for Apple 8GB $218.00
    Total with S/H $300.00

    I have ONE question.
    Does anyone know why the new Mac Mini is freezing up?

    Thanks
     
  18. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    Are you talking about the graphics card?

    Nvidia GeForce 9400M using 128 MiB or 256 MiB of DDR3 SDRAM
     
  19. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    The 9400m (MCP79) is the chipset used to run your Mini (as well as that generation iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air). It has a lot of things on it, including the gpu (16 cores) and controllers for memory, SATA, ethernet and audio.
     
  20. Giuly macrumors 68040

    Giuly

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    I guess because you didn't listened and installed some non-brand RAM instead of the branded ones, which are widely tested and cost the same.

    You could try to repair permissions if you cloned the hard drive, insert the Install-DVD, hold the "C"-key on the keyboard while powering on, wait until the installer came up, select your language, go Utils->Disk Utility from the top-menu, select your Macintosh HD and click the "Repair Permissions"-button. (I need copy and paste for this one…)
     
  21. skipriverstone thread starter macrumors member

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    Mac Mini 2.0MHz

    Guily,
    What do you mean by (I need copy and paste for this one…)? Can you explain? Thanks
    And, by the way the memory is what Apple approves. (Hynix Semiconductor Inc.)Cheers
     

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