Thinking of buying a mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by j0nd0e, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. j0nd0e macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking of buying a mini, but can't decide whether to get the base system, or customise it slightly. I'd be using it mainly as an HTPC, and possibly connecting a desktop monitor to it at a later date to use as a desktop. I know the base 2GB of RAM isn't great, and 4GB is much more ideal/future proof etc.

    My question really is should I go for the extra RAM when I buy it, or should I buy the base 2GB and upgrade it myself (would buying separate RAM be cheaper?). Also was wondering your thoughts on whether it's worth upgrading the CPU?

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I don't know how much trouble it is to install on a Mini, but 3rd party RAM is always cheaper than Apple
  3. frankencat macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    I bought a base mini the other day with the intention of upgrading it - which I will, but it really runs great. Having fun! :)
  4. rprebel macrumors 6502


    Aug 22, 2010
    Where the bluebonnets bloom
    It couldn't be easier to upgrade the RAM yourself in the newer Minis. Proof.
    You can get a 4, 6 or 8GB upgrade from OWC.
  5. j0nd0e thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2010
    Thanks for all the quick responses guys. Think I'll go for the base model and upgrade myself.

    Now I have one more question - I'm thinking of getting a display to go with it - so I can connect it to my TV and use as an HTPC and to a display for a desktop computer. In your opinion, is the cinema display worth the money, or are there similar displays from other companies, that are comparable quality for less?

    I'd be willing to reduce the size a little bit, but a large display would be quite important.


  6. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    While you're at it, I would spend the little extra cash and upgrade to 6GB or 8GB or RAM. That way you'll only have to do it once.

    4GB really isn't a whole lot these days.
  7. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    My understanding the Mini is a pretty easy upgrade as far as RAM goes. It seems to be just remove a few screws near the bottom, like the older iMac G5(Rev B if I recall)

    RAM is key, can't hurt to upgrade, definitely look at 3rd parties after you buy a base Mini(then based on its performance you can buy the RAM you think you need)
  8. dime21 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    For an HTPC, there is no need for anything beyond the base configuration of 2.4 Ghz and 2 GB. I have a new Mini HTPC, spec'd as thus, and it performs marvelously for everything I've thrown at it. HTPC's do not need large amounts of memory, and they do not need crazy CPU speed either. 2.4 Ghz and 2 GB is more than plenty for 1080p playback from any file or media type. Save your money for something worthwhile, like a large Firewire 800 drive to house all your media.

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