Mac Mini Processor/Hard drive upgrade worth it??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by MacDuck, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. MacDuck macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Denver, CO
    Hello all,

    I have been debating over the past few months to upgrade or get a new Mac Mini, as my current one (MA206LL/A: 1.6 Core Duo/2 GB RAM/80 GB stock hard drive) is getting long in the tooth.

    I use my Mini as a kitchen/living room computer, mostly for:

    -internet access (especially Hulu)
    - some light word processing
    -the occasional HandBrake job
    - Airtunes hub.

    I also have an XP partition for boot camp; the hard drive is filling up fast and is slow, especially with iPhoto.

    I have already maxed out the RAM, and was thinking about doing a processor and/or swap hard drive swap. AppleCare is just about up, so I don't mind taking a look inside again.

    What would you do, based on what my needs are? I love the new mini, but justifying $500-$700 on an upgrade for the is hard for me right now, even with selling my current Mini.

    I would figure on spending $75-$100 on a t7200 and $60-$80 on a new 7200 rpm hard drive. Would the performance be worth it?

    Thanks for your help.
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You'll get about 40% boost in the CPU and maybe 50% or more in the disk.
  3. MacDuck thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Denver, CO
    So would it be worth it for me to upgrade then?
  4. blehargh macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2009
    The way I see it.

    Nothing on your list is particularly CPU intensive (except for maybe handbrake) I don't necessarily see the new mini do anything for you right now, but that's just me.

    So I would say, save your money. and don't do the processor upgrade. You processor should be able to handle your apps.

    Seems like you do need some more HD space tho. I see a couple options

    1) really delete what you don't need, if you are a pack rat - free
    2) replace the internal HD - $60-80
    3) get an external HD - valuable if you don't have a backup yet - $100

    my 2 cents. GL
  5. MacDuck thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Denver, CO
    I have an external, an old Porsche design Lacie firewire 400, 250 GB, but full at the moment. Also have a LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk - 500 GB, somewhat full, but am backing up 3 computers with it.

    Seems like replacing the internal hard drive would be worth it. How about one of those mini stack hard drives...are they worth it to get? Or should I replace the many decisions.

    Thanks for the input.

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