Stay with my mac mini or buy a new mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Kyddil, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Kyddil macrumors newbie

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    Im in a dilemma and I don't know what to do.. maybe u guys can help me!

    Right now I have a Mac Mini (3,1).. the one with c2d 2.26ghz, 2gb ram.. I'm a photoshopper and I use logic and right now i have a hard time with photoshop when I have to work with big PSD files.. I have the same problem with Logic, I need to close all working apps so i can start Logic and work with it.. and even then it gives me a memory/cpu error..

    I know this problem is because of the 2gb ram.. and i should upgrade it.. but maybe the mac mini isnt build for doing photoshop stuff and logic stuff.. so would the ram upgrade really help?

    I mean I was looking at the new imac (27 inch i5) but they are so expensive.. and right now I'm saving the money to get one..

    What would u guys do if u were me.. upgrade the ram and save further for the new imac (next year).. or?
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Upgrade the RAM. It's relatively inexpensive, and you will be amazed at the difference that makes.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    RAM is only 70 bucks so definitely get that. It shouldn't take you long to gather 70 bucks more for the iMac.
     
  4. durruti macrumors regular

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    I'd stay with the mini.

    With the mini, you have a choice of monitor display which you can change later.

    Get one or two 4 GB sticks from OWC.....bringing the total to either 5 or 8 GB.

    While you are at it, get a Sandforce based SSD hard drive from Newegg. (The Adata one is nice and cheap, and works well.) I know, because I'm using one in my notebook.

    Either ditch the optical drive or house the original hard drive in an external...
     
  5. Kyddil, Nov 16, 2010
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    Kyddil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So u guys are saying.. make it 5gb ram (by buying 1 4gb stick) and you wont need the imac right now? I mean SSD's are expensive tho...

    EDIT:

    I was looking around and yeah.. 1x 4gb ram (what makes a total of 5gb) and 1x 64GB ssd (sandforce) drive isnt that expensive!

    Would this be a better option than buying 2x 4gb ram (total of 8gb) but with my normal mac hd?
     
  6. jmazzamj macrumors regular

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    kyddil, an SSD will make your little mini really fly...believe me.

    Just give a look at how zippy a new MBA with SSD drive is...
     
  7. Kyddil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh wow! Okay! Good to know!
     
  8. Kyddil thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Im on the website of OWC and i saw that the 8gb upgrade of NuRAM is 125 bucks... which is cheaper than the OWC memory.. thats 145.. Should I go with the NuRAM? I don't know that brand.. on the other hand I never used OWC memory.. i always bought Corsair ram till now...

    With the SSD drive I'm thinking between

    the Corsair: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233124

    &

    A-Data: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211485

    I know "durruti" said A-DATA is good enough but I don't know that brand thats why im asking hehe

    Thanks!
     

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