Really on the fence, thinking of cancelling my new Mac Mini order

bounou

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currently using a 2012 base mini with the ram upgraded to 8GB. It feels slow which in sure in large is related to the 5400 RPM drive.

Yesterday I ordered the mid tier model with an upgrade to a fusion drive.

I'm on the fence between keeping my old Mini and swapping the HD for a 256 GB or maybe a hybrid drive or letting the order go through and getting the new mini.

The new one was close to 1150$ CAD which is pretty damn pricy when you think about it.

I'll sell the old one for about 400$ probably and the one has AppleCare so in fairness the price difference to upgrade is closer to 600$

It's not crazy money for me but it's not pocket change either.

This would be a lot easier if Apple had released a new version of the Mac Pro or the iMac with retina display was more powerful, I was expecting to upgrade to one of the two but now I'm stuck with a Mini as my only computer for a while.

Whatever I decide I will end up keeping the computer I decide on as its current job is the media server in the house.

I'm leaning towards getting the new one and maybe getting a LG 34UM95-P to go with it.

I really don't want buyers remorse on this thing :(
 

Spink10

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Nov 3, 2011
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Keep the 2012 and stick a SSD in it.

What tasks are causing it to bog down? I bet the hold up is with the HD.
 

fa8362

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Jul 7, 2008
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currently using a 2012 base mini with the ram upgraded to 8GB. It feels slow which in sure in large is related to the 5400 RPM drive.

Yesterday I ordered the mid tier model with an upgrade to a fusion drive.

I'm on the fence between keeping my old Mini and swapping the HD for a 256 GB or maybe a hybrid drive or letting the order go through and getting the new mini.

The new one was close to 1150$ CAD which is pretty damn pricy when you think about it.

I'll sell the old one for about 400$ probably and the one has AppleCare so in fairness the price difference to upgrade is closer to 600$

It's not crazy money for me but it's not pocket change either.

This would be a lot easier if Apple had released a new version of the Mac Pro or the iMac with retina display was more powerful, I was expecting to upgrade to one of the two but now I'm stuck with a Mini as my only computer for a while.

Whatever I decide I will end up keeping the computer I decide on as its current job is the media server in the house.

I'm leaning towards getting the new one and maybe getting a LG 34UM95-P to go with it.

I really don't want buyers remorse on this thing :(
You can add a 256 GB SSD to your current Mini for $200. Seems like a no brainer to me, but it's your money.
 

icerabbit

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Jul 2, 2006
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I'd forget about the new mini.

Forget about fusion drives. Put in a fast SSD as a primary, maybe double the RAM (if you max it out frequently), keep the old hard drive as a secondary drive. Both fit in the mini with a drive doubler. Clone the hard drive to the solid state drive. Partition the old drive in two sections to have a mirror copy of the SSD and mass storage. Best thing I did was maxxing out my '12 core i7 mini. See macsales / other world computing for easy compatible upgrades and videos.
 

con19m31

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May 20, 2014
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I got my 2012 mini this past June, with 256G SSD and put in 16G RAM. Its a great machine for xCode development, and having now experienced SSD versus HD, I have no plans to ever buy another computer without SSD.

The difference is astounding so I agree with the others that said keep it and get an SSD.
 

philipma1957

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have to agree ssd is the way to go. if you are bad at upgrades an external ssd as a boot drive is pretty snappy especially if you connect via thunderbolt.
 
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xheathen

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My vote is to keep your old mini and try and build one. I kept my old one around in case it didn't work or there were issues after the last disappointing mini release. But as it happened, after building it I had maybe 2 quick issues with sound and not a hiccup since the last mini release. So my old mini is just collecting dust and I haven't looked back.
 

Cape Dave

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I got my 2012 mini this past June, with 256G SSD and put in 16G RAM. Its a great machine for xCode development, and having now experienced SSD versus HD, I have no plans to ever buy another computer without SSD.

The difference is astounding so I agree with the others that said keep it and get an SSD.
All who listen to me end up agreeing about SSD's!

I am actually considering a NEW mini IF the SSD proves to be substantially faster and fully takes advantage of the PCIe m.2 connection.