Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by wasutton3, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. wasutton3 macrumors newbie

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    I am a college student looking for a small desktop (to use as a remote print, vpn, etc) and i was looking at a mac mini (which my friend got). I was wondering where the best place to find a mac mini would be, ( i was going to slap linux on it so the intel/ppc argument doesnt apply here)
    and on top of that, about how much i would be looking to pay for it. I dont really need the hdd from it, i have a few spares. Thanks for your help!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    eBay for second hand minis. G4 minis can be had for $200 but an Intel 1.66GHz Core Duo would be soooo much faster and goes for about $300. A 1.5GHz Core Solo can be upgraded (CPU is socketed) so if you can get one for $40-50 less than a Core Duo, that might be worth thinking about.
     
  4. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    For $419, you can buy a refurbished last gen Mac mini with one year warranty. I think that is a great price for a nice little machine.

    Go to Apple.com, Store, Refurbished Mac.

    Good luck.
     
  5. Bobjob186 macrumors 6502

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    micro center has a brand new mini 1.83 c2d for $399 after Instant rebate on their website.

    GO LOOK BEFORE IT's GONE
     
  6. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

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    Think about an imac. If you have screen keyboard etc then go with the mini.
     
  7. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

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    Pretty sure he will be running it headless.
     
  8. ElectroGhandi macrumors regular

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    Why spend extra on a Mac if you are just going to run Linux on it? I don't know if you need it to be as small as a mini, but you can get a refurbished PC from Tiger Direct for $100 that's not much bigger than the mini.

    Edit: Would this be something you'd be looking for? http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4514377&CatId=6
     
  9. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    Don't bother trying to upgrade the solo to a duo. Those merom processors cost just as much as the mini itself.
     

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