Ordered my first Intel Mac, what do I expect?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by nickelbackmac, Sep 3, 2006.

  1. nickelbackmac macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2006
    Jonesboro, Arkansas USA
    Mac Mini
    1.5GHz Intel Core Solo
    512MB RAM
    60GB HDD

    I've been trying to sell my Inspiron for months, and time to time frauds would get to me after I order a Mac, so 3 Intel Macs (loaded Mini, MBP, and Balckbook) had to be returned different times because I never received payment for the Dell. Finally, today, I sold my Dell (again) and this time I received the payment. So I ordered this refurb. Questions:

    Is the MM a good computer (I found a severly damaged one on the road while back, but never got to play with it) ?

    If I get an iSight and install PhotoBooth on the Mini, will it run fine?

    Since its a refurb, does it come in the Mac Mini box like the new ones?

    I've got a VGA monitor (along with a DVI HDTV Samsung Rear-Projecting TV), USB Mouse, USB keyboard... Anything else?

    How easy is it to add RAM and upgrade the HD?

    How much more excited can I get :p ?

    Just wanted to see if I made a good or bad choice. Thanks!
  2. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
    There is a pretty good chance that Minis will be bumped to Core Duo across the line soon, you may argue that you only need it for light tasks and don't need "two processors" anyway, but who knows?

    I found my previous Core Duo mini a tad too slow for my liking, YMMV.
  3. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    The last time i checked, photobooth wasn't readily available for download.
  4. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    You didn't really say what you're going to be using it for, but assuming you're using it for basic stuff, it should be great. According to reports, there's some chance you'll get a Core Duo model even though you ordered a Core Solo, but don't get your hopes up. Anyway, I think you made a good choice.
  5. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2006
    In a Mac box
    Mac Mini is fast for normal tasks. (i.e schoolwork, e-mail, web, etc.) I have a Mini, same as your setup. The only complaint is that it CAN NOT handle games at all. Except Counterstrike :). what will you be using it for? You can't really upgrade it. RAM i think is relativley easy but I will double check. Not great at running A LOT of programs though.

    EDIT: Ok found some directions for installing RAM into Mac Mini. http://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/DummiesArticle/id-4079.html

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