mini 1.83 c2d upgrade soon.. help?

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  1. hucchund22 macrumors member

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    hello everyone.. i have a 1.83 c2d mac mini and i want to upgrade it soon, maybe next month when i get paid.. :p

    ram type? (laptop/desktop ram?)
    hdd? (ide/sata?, size?)
    possibly the processor?

    if you can give me links, that will be very helpful.. thanks so much..

    maybe this has been asked before in other threads but there's like 51 plus pages of mac mini threads.. so be patient with me? ehehe..
     
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  3. hucchund22 thread starter macrumors member

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    so how difficult is upgrading a mini compared to a imac g4? coz i've opened up an imac g4 and it became easy as i opened it quite often when i upgraded it..

    and also can anyone point me to an ebay link that sells the ram, hdd and a processor for the mini? i find it easier and cheaper to get it in ebay than anywhere else.. :p

    thanks in advance,,
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    The fastest CPU upgrade for an 2006-2007 Intell based Mini is an 2.33Ghz Core 2 Duo. It's not much of a bump from your current CPU and it runs about $150. The ram is 3.3Gb. Depending on what you currently have, this could be the biggest boost. The biggest hard drive is (I think) 1Tb @ 5400 RPM.
     
  5. philipma1957, Dec 15, 2010
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    having done a lot of upgrades on mac mini's this is a good hdd.


    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php...-SATA2-16MB-Notebook-Hard-Drive-2-5-inch-Bulk 70 bucks with free shipping use code RUDOLPH5 AS A CODE AND GET 5 Bucks off.

    the cpu is not cheap

    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-INTEL-CORE-...750?pt=CPUs&hash=item335a4f5186#ht_3626wt_865


    http://cgi.ebay.com/Intel-Core-2-Du...123?pt=CPUs&hash=item4aa6f8153b#ht_1817wt_865


    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/5300DDR2S2GB/

    if you have 2 1gb sticks just add 1 2gb stick cost is 41 dollars. so all told around 300 if you buy the used cpu or 340 if you buy the new one. if i were you i would sell the 1.83 for about 300 and buy a 2009 from the apple refurb store.
     
  6. hucchund22 thread starter macrumors member

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    i'm just trying out new things..:p just have a lot of time to spare and i want it to be productive.. so upgrading my computers will make me busy for a while.. hehe,, i'll just start with the hdd and ram first coz the processor is a bit expensive and it wouldn't be worth it to spend so much on this machine if there's not much of a speed bump.. the cheapest processor in ebay uk is £70..
     
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    if that is the case the scorpio blacks by western digital are pretty good hdds. the 320gb or the 500gb. and adding 2gb to go to 3gb is more cost effective then going to 4gb ram. reason is the machine can't access all 4gb 3.1 or 3.3gb depends on how you count it.

    I have tested 3gb against 4gb in real world tests and 3gb is about 96 to 98 percent the speed of the partial 4gb.
     
  8. hucchund22 thread starter macrumors member

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    hello again.. is there a difference between a SATA and SATA II? if i understand correctly, my mini will accept a SATA connection right? thanks,,
    in conclusion, can i use the SATA II hdd??
     
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    Yes, you can use an S-ATA 15.Gbps/ HDD (I) and an S-ATA 3.0 Gbps HDD (II), as S-ATA 3.0Gbps is backwards compatible.
    The difference is that S-ATA 3.0 Gbps is almost twice as fast as S-ATA 1.5 Gbps (around 150MB/s), though only SSDs and a RAID can sustain speeds faster than 1.5 Gbps.
     
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