Mac Mini Advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Koolpc, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. Koolpc macrumors newbie

    Koolpc

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    I quite like the look and size of the Mac Mini. Looking to buy a new one, 2ghz and upgrade the Hard drive and Memory to 4g myself.

    Are they more than powerful enough to do most daya to day computing work, word, publisher, photo transfers, Camcorder transfers, very light gaming?

    Are the new ones very very quiet? I hate noisey computers!! lol

    Cheers
     
  2. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it is fine for the things you said. My Mac Mini is very quiet.
     
  3. Koolpc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Didn't realise i double posted!!

    Is the Mac Mini 2ghz a nice fast Mac? (With 4gi ram)

    Anyone put an SSD in one?
     
  4. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it will be fast with 4GB of RAM. It will be even faster with a SSD.
     
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    The Mac Mini is more than powerful enough to do what you plan on doing. For what you do, 2GB of RAM is actually enough. More RAM won't make your computer faster unless you are using it. A SSD will make a world of difference in the speed of your computer if you can afford it.
    The Mini is VERY quiet. I've owned a 1.83GHz and currently own a 2.23GHz and both were completely silent. The Superdrive on my Mac Mini is also not very loud when running.
    Keyboard and mouse come down to preference and intended use. I use a wireless keyboard and mouse from Apple and they work perfectly for a Mac Mini media center. I would certainly recommend them for your use, but I'm sure some people will also recommend Logitech's MX mice. I rarely see anyone saying anything bad about Apple's keyboard, but Apple's mouse is prone to dirt inside the scroll ball which can cause it to get stuck periodically, but this is easily fixed in a split second (just push down as you scroll).
     
  6. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    I did some pretty heavy gaming on my mid-'07 mini (that's the Merom with GMA) paying Flight Simulator X and Sim City 4 both on near-highest settings.

    The only thing that could make my mini right now is two more monitors.
     
  7. Koolpc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys.

    As for keyboards, is it a must to have an Apple one? I have seen the £28 one on Apple site. I have an Sitek Eclipse at the mo.
     
  8. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    You can use any USB keyboard. I have the Apple keyboard and it's great.
     
  9. acrahm macrumors regular

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    Media pc vs mini vs atv?

    I am setting up my remodeled condo and need some advice.
    I will have an 37" LCD in bedroom and 47" LCD in entertainment/living room.
    Right now I have a mbp, iTunes with 1tb worth of videos, atv and ps3.
    I am gonna keep atv in bedroom, ps3 will go in living room.

    My question is this: atv, mini or media pc in living room?

    Atv or mini can sync easily with mbp (which will be my hub)
    but media pc is like $200.

    Atv is easy to use and small

    mini will be able to hold everything...

    Suggestions?
     

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