Mac mini c2d 1.83 will work for me?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by pedro nicoli, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. pedro nicoli macrumors member

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    hi,
    i'm a photographer and i've always loved and wished to have a mac. but here in brazil macs are extreeeeeeemely expansive. (usualy costs 3x more than US price)
    now i have the chance to buy the Mac Mini for "cheap" 999 US (1999 reais)
    in 12 months. thats the lowest price on a mac ever here.
    I realy like the macbook, but the basic model costs 2000 dollars, so is out of question.

    as I said before, i'm a photographer, and i'm currently working on a Atlhon x2 3800, 2gb ram ddr2 533, 120+80 HD
    and my main software is Photoshop Cs3 wich is realy light and runs like a breeze in my pc.

    will I get a similar performance on the macmini c2d 1.83?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The Mac mini Core 2 Duo would outperform your current AMD based machine.
     
  3. pedro nicoli thread starter macrumors member

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    how much free space will i get on the 80gb HD?

    is there any webcam other than apple that work on a mac?
    and will my "Microsoft wirelles multimidia keyboard 1.1" work on it?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you keep iLife then you're going to have 16-20 GB already taken up.

    It's possible to use other web cams. You can try this too.

    As long as the keyboard is USB it'll work out of the box.
     
  5. bcooper0125 macrumors member

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    As Eidorian said, the mini should do you well. I have the C2D 2.0GHz one with 1GB of RAM (I keep saving to upgrade), and I do Photoshop, and Lightroom, as well as iTunes, and Safari at the same time. It works pretty well, though I think the extra 1GB may give it room to breathe.

    I bought a Logitech cam that was $40 at Target, and that's worked perfectly. They wont work out of the box, but there is a program called macam that will fix that (Google it)...

    And any keyboard you plug into it will work, however, some of the keys that are special to the keyboard (say, media keys like volume and play/pause), will not, unless there is a version of their software for the MacOS.

    I also bought an external hard drive for my mini, since I would blow through 120GB in a heartbeat. I got a WesternDigital MyBook for $300 thats a 750GB drive.

    Good luck! You'll love the mini!

     
  6. pedro nicoli thread starter macrumors member

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    i already love it, just dont have it...yet hehe

    maybe i'll buy it tonight
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'll be glad to help.

    Regardless of the time zone! :D
     
  8. pedro nicoli thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks!
    i'll buy it online, so will take 5 days to arrive....
    BTW: i have a wii too, but never had the chance to try it online...i dont have wireless, and the usb modem is is a room with no tv...hehe
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's up to you to buy a wireless router then.
     
  10. pedro nicoli thread starter macrumors member

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    i got a "non wireless" router days before the wireles ones become cheap
    i got soo angry that i try to avoid that subject hehe
    anyway, my wii is almost creating lime...i never have time to play it...
    i'm waiting near christmas to sell it hehehe
     
  11. bcooper0125 macrumors member

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    i need to sell mine too, i never ever have time. its got a layer of dust 5 inches thick on it. its too bad, too, because i waited overnight in line for it with about 500 other people :D it was fun


    (fyi, i keep my apartment clean, so the dust isnt THAT thick)

     

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