Sell 1.83GHz MacMini for new one?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by thingsis, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. thingsis macrumors newbie

    thingsis

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    Hi,

    I am debating whether I should sell my current MacMini 1.83GHz, 1GB, 80GB, Combo for a new one. The exact options are selling it for a new one and upgrading the RAM to 4 gig or keeping mine in which case I would put a bigger harddrive in it and install 4 gig RAM (I know - only 3.something usable). I just personally do not think the new one is that much better - is it?
    And how much would you think I still get for mine?

    Thanks,
    Thingsis
     
  2. enochpeng macrumors regular

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    I would say sell it if you can get a good price on it otherwise just keep it and do some upgrades.

    The new one is not THAT much faster, but do have a much better graphic performance from the 9400M

    If what you do with it is not graphically intensive .. not a huge diff.
     
  3. thingsis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    thanks for the reply. I was just thinking that when upgrading the harddrive in the old one shouldn't a 7200 rpm one give it another speed boost? HD Speed is probably more of a bottle neck than the CPU or GPU.

    Thingsis
     
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...ram should be cheap for your old mini as well...bump it to the max (2GB I believe)...
     
  5. thingsis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I keep it I would do that for sure. The limit is 3.3 gig or something when putting 4 gig in it - even though apple says the limit is 2 gig. Can somebody confirm this?

    Thanks
     
  6. tufaw macrumors member

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    Yes.
     
  7. iknowyourider macrumors 6502a

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    thingsis, we have the same mini and MB. You might consider the same upgrade I have planned. I upgraded my Macbook to 4 gb ram and 250 gb hdd. When my warranty is up on the mini, I'll put the 2 gb ram kit and the 160 gb hdd in the mini. The extra hdd is already loaded with leopard and my media.
     
  8. thingsis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    thanks for all the replies. I guess what I will do is put a 4 GB RAM Kit in there to have 3 GB dual-channel. As a harddrive I am thinking about the Samsung HM251JJ 250 GB SpinPoint MP2. I hope it will not run too hot - but it should be fine.

    Thingsis
     
  9. thingsis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmm,

    I just read that the Samsung HD is not supposed to be that good. Maybe I should get the Seagate one instead. Anyway, still haven't totally decided yet... :rolleyes:
     
  10. clickgr macrumors regular

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    Mac mini 2nd G, 2.16GHZ, 2GB RAM Vs Mac mini 3rd G, 2.00GHZ, 4GB RAM

    I have compared my old 2.16GHz C2D mini (upgraded processor from 1,66CD) with 2GB RAM, to my new 2.00GHz C2D mini with 4GB RAM and nVidia card. Check out the times for those two machines when they are both set up with exactly the same configuration using the time machine. I think this will be helpful for your decision:

    .......................................................2nd Gen. Mini..............3rd Gen. Mini
    ....................................................2.16GHZ, 2GB................2.00GHZ, 4GB

    Apple logo appearance............................10sec...........................16sec
    during booting

    Loading logo........................................ 35sec...........................35sec

    Dock appearance.................................. 55sec...........................53sec

    Loading all startup apps.........................1.45min........................1.15min
    (ichat, adium, skype)
    and getting into the internet

    Loading applications for first time

    safari.................................................. 2sec.............................2sec

    Mail ....................................................5sec.............................3sec

    i-photo................................................10sec............................5sec

    i-tunes............................................... 10sec............................8sec

    i-movie................................................16sec...........................13sec

    MS-Word..............................................21sec...........................15sec

    Google earth.........................................13sec ..........................10sec



    Shut down............................................18sec...........................15sec
     
  11. fhall1 macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for taking the time, a little helpful but not incredibly. The main draw of the new Mini is the updated graphics and the speed at which you can do graphic intensive stuff, where the new machine should be approx 4x faster.
     
  12. thingsis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't that one have an even worse chipset than the real C2D? I guess it would be slower than a Mac Mini from a couple of weeks ago. Of course, graphics performance will be better - but except for gaming do I really use it - no! People who do will want to upgrade for sure. Even software like photoshop would not benefit from the new graphics performance - at least not much. Anyway, back to my decision: Should I upgrade the old one or sell it and get the new one? Still haven't decided :confused:
     
  13. clickgr macrumors regular

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    The only difference on the chipset between my old mini and the mini from a couple of weeks ago is the maximum of memory utilization. Intel Mac minis up to mid 2007 can utilize up to 2GB RAM, while latest old minis can utilize up to 3.2GB of RAM. All the rest in performance is the same (system bus, memory bus, memory technology DDR2). I don’t really think there is much difference between those two machines, but there is notable difference between those and the new mini.

    My opinion is if you can sell your old mini for a good price, then go and buy the new mini. Even better, keep also the old mini and use it as HTPC in your living room. If you are limited in budget, then keep it but upgrade the memory, which makes huge difference in overall performance.
     
  14. thingsis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I agree - eventually it all comes down to good ol budget. How much do you guys think I would still get for my 'old' Mac Mini? Looking on ebay only helps a bit as most of them were sold when they were still up to date. Doesn't the new one make the price for mine drop by quite a bit?
     
  15. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a

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    Im thinking of doing sommat similiar

    Im thinkin of making a right project outta it, going to put a C2D 2.33 (the T7600) in there, 2Gb of ram, and a faaast HD. Should be about £400 i think in total.. Then i will eventually use that as a media server/ front row etc. Eventually i will get the latest mac mini and upgrade the ram myself :)

    PTP
     

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