proposed Mac Mini setup

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kryten3000, May 3, 2010.

  1. kryten3000 macrumors regular

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    I am thinking of using this following setup for some word processing, photo editing may be a little youtube, no gaming really just kind of a basic system with web access, music & videos all with a Samsung 1080p TV as the monitor:

    Mac mini
    2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    320GB Serial ATA Drive
    SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

    Apple Magic Mouse

    Apple Wireless Keyboard

    Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

    Questions are:

    As far as hardware goes, do I have everything that I need?
    Is this proposed system setup generous / acceptable enough for what I am planing on using it for?

    Thank you!
     
  2. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    That's fine for your needs. You need a backup hard drive though. Don't buy it from Apple unless you want to overpay.
     
  3. kryten3000 thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    I would highly, highly recommend a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter.

    VGA won't support your 1080P TV's best resolutions.

     
  5. kryten3000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok, great thanks! Geez I did not even think of that. :eek:

    Any suggestions for backup software?
     
  6. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Time Machine.
     
  7. SuperJudge macrumors 6502

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    Patently false.

    The link you posted is for the original VGA specification. Notice the mention of 256KiB of VRAM. A DE-15 analog RGB connector can output a signal up to 2048 x 1536. I've done 1920 x 1200 over VGA for years.

    However, a lot of 1080p HDTVs are hosed from the manufacturer with firmware that doesn't allow the best resolutions over VGA for whatever reason. I'm guessing due to HDCP and to boost the sale of HDMI cables.

    An HDMI cable is a good idea, just for different reasons. ;)
     
  8. Sharangad macrumors member

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    Eh? I ran 2048x1536 and 1600x1200 over VGA.

    The link you pointed to refers to the original VGA video adapter which only had 256 KB of RAM and so could only go up to 800x600 in 16 colours (240 KB).

    Having said that most TVs will not accept the native resolution ( such as 1920x1080) over a VGA port and will often only accept upto 1024x768. Samsung TVs are an exception though and most will accept the native resolution. This is not a limitation of the VGA connector, but rather TV manufacturers cutting costs.

    Pre-HDMI X-box 360s could do 1920x1080 on supported TV sets with the VGA output adapter, this was their counter to the PS3's 1080p support.
     
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  10. kryten3000 thread starter macrumors regular

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    it`s on

    Ok systems are go. This has been ordered, delivery of all items to be completed by this weekend. My own very first Mac. :)
     
  11. TXbug macrumors member

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    I have the same setup, except for the wireless keyboard. The Samsung monitor is the HDTV monitor Sync Master T260HD. I use DVI and I am able to display 1920x1200.
     
  12. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    I stand corrected...:eek:
     

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