Mini upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by martinf, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. martinf macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2007
    I read something somewhere that the fan is different for Core Solo than Core Duo. Is there any truth to that? I don't remember where and when I read it but it stuck in my head and I wanna know before I do anything.

    Core Solo with 512 MB is not exactly a monster and I kind of have time to fall asleep sometimes while running a few apps. So I figured a Core Duo and 2 GB RAM would speed things up a bit.
  2. JAT macrumors 603

    Dec 31, 2001
    Mpls, MN
    Just the RAM will help immensely. If you are considering upgrading it yourself, start with RAM. And don't bother with the CPU til you see how the RAM helps.
  3. Mohinder macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2007
    My 1.83 Core Duo mini is a different machine since I upped it to 2gb of RAM. Seriously, it's leagues ahead of what it was, it was borderline painful before, and it's a little beast now :)

    Do the RAM first, imo.
  4. Nukemkb macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2006
    Columbia, SC
  5. martinf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2007
    Thanks people!

    I'll live with the current CPU and just get RAM.
  6. timswim78 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2006
    Baltimore, MD
    Well, the RAM is a must. 512MB is horribly low for OS X to run well.

    I wouldn't rule out a CPU upgrade. You'll notice a big difference with certain apps when you move to a core duo. Just look at these comparisons:
  7. Mohinder macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2007
    I forgot to plug the fan control header back in on mine... started it up without the top, thought 'hmm, that's loud, I didn't realise how much the lid kept the noise in...'

    Put the top on, started it again, then realised. D'oh! I wouldn't have minded if it wasn't such a pain in the bum to open the thing :D
  8. Teh Don Ditty macrumors G4

    Teh Don Ditty

    Jan 15, 2007
    It's always the little (and most important things) things that are forgotten. Once you first pop the first few clips (I used a thin putty knife) it's not that bad. Other than that, how's the RAM working out for you?
  9. Mohinder macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2007
    2gb is great. It was pretty horrid with half a gig. It's fantastic now, does everything I want it to no sweat. I'm hugely impressed with the Mini in general, it's much more powerful than I expected out of such a tiny machine. I know the specs are there, it's just... hard to believe on paper. Great little machine.

    As far as opening it, it's a piece of cake yeah, I just hate the noise! It sounds like it's breaking, you just have to have a bit of faith :D
  10. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    Yes, efinatly upgrade the ram to at leat 1 gig, preferablly 2.

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