MacMini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Madness, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. Madness macrumors regular

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    hey all ,

    i,m been a pc user and i think its time to make the "jump" XD

    i was thinking about the mini since its all i can affored atm ... i still have to save some more for it actually :p

    i,m getting a 2ghz mini with 2 gb of ram ...

    and i,m goin to run it on a 24" dell monitor with a 1920x1200 resolution ... maybe a 23" i,m not sure what to get it yet but i,m goin to use it on a 1920x1200 and i know its the max res for the mini so will it handle it well? ...

    anyways ...

    i,m going to use it for graphic and web designing ... and i keep hearing about the lousy graphics ... so i dont know if it will handle well with my needs?

    and some answers from real users would be cool :D

    maybe some screen shots from your mini?
     
  2. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816

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    it wont be that great, but usable

    im not sure how a screenshot would help you out =/
     
  3. Madness thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. aross99 macrumors 68000

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    "Graphic and Web Designing" is a broad category. Which Apps are you going to use?

    The Mac Mini you are talking about is basically the same as a MacBook but with a much larger screen.

    Sure, it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card, but if you aren't playing games, or using something that specifically takes advantage of the Graphics Adapter (like Aperature), then who cares?

    There are a ton of people doing Web and Graphic design on older G4 and G5 machines, and this will run circles around all of those, except for maybe the last of the big G5's.

    I think it will work fine. It's too bad you can't put more than 2GB of memory in it. You might consider adding a large external firewire hard drive for extra storage. Take a look at the Newertech MiniStack from OWC:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ministackv3

    It fits right underneath the mini and gives you a USB/Firewire hub plus a Firewire drive. You can add your own drive, or get one preloaded.

    Definitely add your own memory to get to the 2G max. Apple's memory is way over priced ($150!)

    Depending on how tight you are on money, you might think about the 1.83Ghz model also (assuming you don't need the super drive either). You would save $200, and I am not sure the performance difference is that noticable - you should check one out in person if you can.

    You can also watch for refurb Mac Mini's at the apple store - full warranty is a great deal.
     
  5. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    If you are getting a 24" monitor with the purchase of a mini and you plan to use it for graphics designing, an iMac would be a better choice.

    Of course, updates for the iMac and perhaps the mini are coming within the next few months which will give you time to save up and there will be more features/ lower prices. So if you can't afford it right now, just wait and see what happens. :)
     
  6. Madness thread starter macrumors regular

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    i cant offered an imac ... and a dell 23" is around 400$ i think while the apple,s cinema display is like 800$ i think ...

    i,ll guess i,ll just wait till i have the money and see what happens ... and if there were updates ... do u know when will it most likely be?
     
  7. barijazz macrumors 6502

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    If you already have the monitor then the mini will probably be a must on a budget. but if you haven't already gotten the monitor then an imac would be a better choice. If you do get an imac, get a fast cpu and buy ram from an online reseller.
     
  8. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Fair point it is a little more expensive.

    $800 + $400 = $1200 for Mac mini + 24" Dell monitor.

    Compared to $1200 for a 20" iMac, although you do get a little more for your money (keyboard, mouse, over 2x Hard Drive size, dedicated graphics card) but "only" 1680x1050 resolution.

    If an update was to happen, I would guesstimate at anytime before June (with a June release being a switch to Montevina). I know that's a massive range of dates, but I doubt it would happen out that window, and Apple updates can be unpredictable sometimes (e.g. Apple Cinema Displays, Mac mini).
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I strongly suggest waiting for a Mac mini update or just going with an iMac.
     

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  10. mwsh2000 macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a Mini

    I bought a Mini about two weeks ago. I upgraded the RAM and the hard drive when I purchased from Apple, and I purchased the Newer Technology external hard drive enclosure (I installed my own 500G Seagate Barracuda). It runs like a champ. I also have a PowerMac G5 Dual 2.3GHz, and I really can't tell much of a speed difference between the two (which I think is impressive when you see how tiny the Mini is). I have mine connected to my 42" Sharp Aquos as a home media PC. I waited until after Macworld, and when it wasn't updated, I purchased it. After all this talk that it was going to be discontinued, I thought that I probably should get it and enjoy it rather than waiting and wishing I would have bought one. I've used it to edit home movies and to play high def trailers from Apple, and it hasn't sputtered at all. I don't know what you're going to be doing with yours, but I'm thinking it will probably be powerful enough, especially with the RAM upgrade.
     
  11. Madness thread starter macrumors regular

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  12. Madness thread starter macrumors regular

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    do u think that the graphics would be better than the dell 6400 inspiron
     
  13. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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    You could also go for a refurbished iMac.
     
  14. scienide09 macrumors 65816

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    My thoughts also lean toward refurb. About $1000 for the current generation 20" model, and it will outperform a Mini.
     
  15. Madness thread starter macrumors regular

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    so since there was no updates for the mini ... should i just buy it now ... or there are another updates?
     

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