My parents' HP Pavilion is now DOA: Time for a Mac-Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by LincolnsiPod, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. LincolnsiPod macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    After the headache of dealing with my parents' computer (bought from Best Buy) it now seems to have finally bit it for good. I am anxious to drop that thing into a woodchipper somewhere and flee to Apple to get a Mac Mini on the double.

    Since my folks are frugal though, they'll only accept the entry level $600 mini, which I think has enough power for their needs, but I'm wondering if I should get 4GB instead of 2GB? They'd be using the computer for web surfing, games like Cubis, watching Netflix and Hulu (I'll be getting a TV tuner card so they can watch TV Fios as well._ I looked at the Intel graphics and it seems to have more than enough power to push HD quality video, so the memory is the only thing I'm concerned with.

    Can't wait, been trying to get us Mac only for a while and now I finally have a chance.
  2. YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
    Good luck with that. When my parent's Dell died, I moved them to a dual-processor G4 tower. It's older than the Dell it replaced, but it's faster and more reliable. My dad's only complaint is (and I quote) "it sounds like a ******** vending machine" (which it does, because of the power supply). I'm trying to move them into the Mac world.

    I'd definitely upgrade from 2GB, which is a ridiculously small amount for a $599 machine these days.

    Don't get the 4GB upgrade from Apple, buy it yourself. Crucial have a nice tool that makes sure you get the right memory, or you could ask here to be extra safe.

    Definitely buy 4GB. If you can justify it, buy 8GB (two 4GB sticks). RAM isn't expensive. It's also easy to fit in the newer Mac minis.

    If you're being frugal and you care about the graphics, how about trying to find a refurbished 2010 Mac mini. You'd get a Core2Duo rather than a Sandy Bridge, but you'd get the slightly better graphics and an optical drive (which your parents might want).
  3. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    I think 8GB would be excessive, even I only have 6GB on my desktop and it screams. 4GB does seem to be the sweet spot, and I'm assuming Lion would purr nicely with that setup.

    I'm not kidding when I say I've been traumatized by my parents owning a Windows powered PC. One that was run on Vista, too. God in heaven.
  4. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    4GB is plenty for your folks. The use they have will be fine with 2GB, but third party ram is so cheap so get 4GB it will be slightly faster.

    If you are gonna spend money a SSD would be better, a 128GB SSD is less than $200 now.
  5. Robbadore64 macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
  6. YanniDepp macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2008
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    Only you can decide if 8GB is excessive. If you think 4 GB will do you, get 4 GB. 8GB isn't terribly expensive though.
  7. philipma1957, Aug 5, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey

    don't be stupid cheap (penny wise pound foolish)

    just get the 8gb ram and be done with it. cost is 50 bucks or less. and amazon has the base mini for 569

    here are the mini reivews I gave it 4 stars
  8. LincolnsiPod thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2009
    LOL, alrighty then. :D

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