Purchasing Mac Mini advice

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tonyy, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. tonyy macrumors 6502a

    tonyy

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    Is there any models of mini's that I need to watch out for? I plan on buying a mini on CL with the following specs:

    2009 model
    Core 2 Duo 2GHz
    Upgraded from 2GB to 4GB
    120GB HDD
    Running snow leopard

    Would this be a good purchase and last me for the next few years? I'm not new to Apple products but new to mini's. I sold my MacBook and ordered the new iPad so I a mini would be logical.

    Or would it be outdated and too slow to handle Lion and whatever updates coming in the future? Thanks
     
  2. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

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    If I were you I wold troll the Apple refurbs and wait for the last gen before Thunderbolt. I picked one of these up for $469, and unless you got the 2009 for like $300 I'm not sure that would be the best purchase. My 2009 2.2GHz mini fried itself out of nowhere (not that I think it was faulty or the newer ones are better). I will state the newer form factor is also nicer with no huge powerbrick and an HDMI port (plus MDP/Thunderbolt).
     
  3. tonyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    tonyy

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    Thanks for the input. I offered $300 for it and the guy accepted. Im just lookIng for a system that I can do heavy word processing with and the little things an iPad can't do.
     
  4. bigfatipod macrumors member

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    nice job

    I think $300 is a very good price. If you can spend a little more, maybe grab a small ssd or a momentus xt drive and you should have a very nice machine.
     
  5. tonyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    tonyy

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    Thanks, any recommendations as far as SSD drives?
     
  6. martinm0 macrumors 6502a

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    SSDs are getting reasonably cheap these days. I've got a Crucial M4 due to their overall stability, but not the fastest (still snappy though). Sounds like a lot of folks like the OCZ Agility series (some issues, but most like it) and Mushkin has been popping up as a pretty darn fast SSD.

    I'd look at those and also check reviews (and look at reviews from people that have had it more than a few weeks). From there, lots of good info in the forums here!

    Oh, and congrats on the offer being accepted. That's a fair price.
     
  7. tonyy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    tonyy

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    Thanks for the help. Just picked up the mini and it's great. Got an Apple BT keyboard and magic mouse on the way.

    The Crucial M4 looks to be a good upgrade. I'd rather have stability over anything else.
     
  8. MattA macrumors 6502

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    I have that same mini. I upgraded it with a 750GB 7200rpm HDD and 4GB of memory. I used it for 3 years with no issues. It's a great little machine, and the only reason I upgraded was I needed some better video performance. As for normal day-to-day stuff, it was great.

    Enjoy the mini!
     

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