Thinking About A Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by RagePie, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. RagePie macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2009
    I have owned many Macs in the past and I am considering a return to the Macintosh world with the purchase of a base 2009 Mac Mini. Currently, I own a Dell Dimension e520 running Vista with the following specs:

    1.86ghz Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 with 800mhz FSB
    4GB of 667mhz DDR2 RAM
    160GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
    ATI Radeon HD 3450 with 512MB of VRAM

    What I am curious about is how the base Mini, assuming it was upgraded to 4GB of RAM, would compare to my current setup in terms of performance. I am not really looking for a performance increase, since the main point of this would be to move to Mac OS X, but at the same time I am not looking to go backwards either.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I think if you upgrade the RAM you will see a slight performance increase. Sounds like a decent purchase to me.
  3. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    The mini would be comparable to your setup. The new nvidia 8400m does a decent job in OS X and Windows. I've even played a few games with it and if I keep the settings around med (sometimes low) works well under bootcamp.

    I bought the base and upgraded the RAM to 4GB and the HD to 500GB

  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    The mini's, although small pack a mighty punch performance wise.
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Small footprint, a good bit of power; don't get the upgrade version; just buy your own HDD and RAM upgrades.

    It'll be faster than your current machine.
  6. RagePie thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2009
  7. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Just get the entry level model. Get 4GB of RAM from a decent third party and get a 7200rpm 2.5" drive - the biggest and fastest you can get is a 7200rpm 500gb drive. I know Seagate do them but I think Western Digital might too. It'll definitely be a little faster across the board. The CPU is slightly faster, the RAM is a good chunk faster, if you were running Vista 32bit then you only had 3GB of RAM accessible whereas now you'll have 4GB in OS X. The graphics cards are pretty much equal although the 9400m seems to be a smidgeon faster.
  8. veterator macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2007
    Get the base Mini. Upgrade the ram and hard drive yourself, Apple charges way too much to do it. I just bought my parents a Mini with the base ram and hard drive. Then found 4 GB ram and 500 GB drive on line for about what the drive upgrade to 360 GB cost through Apple. Now they also have an external drive for backups or whatever.

    I use a similar mini to run my entertainment system. They are small, yet a full power computer.
  9. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    I wanted to do the same thing but our base PX only carries the upgraded model and $789 is crazy for the "apple" upgrades price compared to a DIY mod...

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