So I just ordered a refurb'd 2.26ghz Phat Mini...

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  1. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    Is there a downside I am not seeing compared to the skinny mini? Basically I want a mini to serve as my every-day computer (music, web, photos, etc) while my PC still needs to exist due to the hundreds (... or maybe thousands :eek:) of dollars worth of games sitting in my Steam account that even the lowly 4850 won't do justice to.

    I love the new design, and the built in power supply and HDMI are all nice and dandy... but the refurb 2.26ghz model was $550 (cdn) and the cheapest I can get the new one for is $700 after edu discount. I'm thinking speed wise that $150+tax is better spent on more ram.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    It'll do what you seem to want it to. If you're happy with the money it costs, I think that's all the justification that you need.
     
  3. sikkinixx thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well definitely more happy than $700. Just wondering if I was missing something (ie. "I would stick with the new one as it does x significantly better".)
     
  4. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, I see.

    Well, the new one will be better for gaming; not great, but better. It will also be better for HD video playback; I have yet to see whether it can run unadulterated Blu-ray dumps (I hope that it can...), but reviews have commented on the 2010 Mini doing a better job with HD online media.
     
  5. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

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    :D lol, what's the fun in "unadulterated Blu-ray dumps";)

    jokes aside, I have a feeling it would be ok, when I owned my 2.66ghz c2d iMac with 4 gigs of ram I could play the m2ts dumps off ripped blurays.

    I got the server ver. with the 2.66 and 4gb ram, so I would think it has the horsepower to do it, haven't tried yet tho.
     
  6. sikkinixx thread starter macrumors 68020

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    well its too late now! They said "4-6 days to ship" giving me lots of time to think and maybe cancel.... and then it shipped the next day. So it's gonna be mine next week :p
     
  7. balwx macrumors regular

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    I picked up the same system a few weeks ago. My uses are along the lines of yours, so this system is great. Mine also shipped a little earlier which was great.
    :)
     
  8. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    For that much, I'd much rather buy the new mac mini as the 320m is miles and heaps faster than the 9400m.
     
  9. Katyusha macrumors member

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    Last weekend the nearest retail store to my home had a clearance sale, so I bought my Mac Mini(2.53,4gb,9400m) there at about CAD 460.

    PS:I am living in Japan
     
  10. i7QuadCoreMania macrumors 6502

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    not bad, in general Apple stuff is always over-priced in japan, even the same stuff we get here like Canon gear, Nikon, Sony products etc, lol.

    Just came back from there last month, Yodobashi is my Fav store.;)

    saw the Apple store in Ginza but never bothered to go inside, lol.
     
  11. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    I tried to get one on clearance, but my local Apple stores would not discount the old Mac Mini models.
     
  12. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601

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    My 2.26 is fantastic for everyday use. It runs 24/7. Faster HDD and more memory just made it more enjoyable. No need for a newer Mini mainly just based on looks. I'll probably wait for the next update. Besides this will probably just be retired as an HTPC if I do get a new Mini/Macbook.
     

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