New Mini or SSD in 2010 Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mtreys, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. mtreys macrumors member

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    I currently have the mid 2010 model. I have the RAM maxed out. It still seems a little bit sluggish at times when I have quite a bit of things open. I know that installing an SSD would help out a little bit, but would that be a better route compared to purchasing a newer model Mini? I have an MBA that I use for school, so my Mini isn't really vital other than being what I use to store my music, photos, etc. on.
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    As long as you don't do much gaming or video processing work, the 2010 Mini is just fine. I would do the SSD install instead of upgrading for just the faster processor speed.
     
  3. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    I'd say its entirely down to your daily use. I just bought a 2010 mini and has put in 8gb of ram and my old macbook pro SSD in it. I mainly use it as a HTPC though but I think it still would hold up for easier office work and stuff like that.

    The SSD makes for a big difference.
     
  4. mtreys thread starter macrumors member

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    Sounds good. I'll pick one up and install it over the holiday break. Is there anything that I should look out for when purchasing an SSD? Thanks for your help guys.
     
  5. Joelburman macrumors regular

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    You don't need to get one of the superfast ones because the drive is bottlenecked by the SATA II connection.
     
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  7. Dsnoops macrumors newbie

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    Added a Crucial MX100 256GB ssd to my 2010 Mini. It makes that old baby fly.
     
  8. Ray2 macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. Perhaps not a new mini but a lot of upgrade for the money.
     
  9. karatekidk macrumors regular

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    I got my late 2009 mini (2.53ghz) professionally upgraded with 8GB ram and 500gb Samsung 840 evo SSD, and the difference is night and day. I can use multiple applications at the same time, and EyeTV hybrid I have been using doesn't lag at all. Yeah, no USB3, but I am still glad about what I did.
     
  10. mtreys thread starter macrumors member

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    Good info. Am going to pick up an SSD with some BB gift cards I'm getting for Christmas. Thanks for the help everyone!
     

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