Upgrade Processor? 4 or 8 GB of Ram?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Jasmynp, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. Jasmynp macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2011
    East Coast, USA
    Just ordered a reburb Mac Mini with the following specs:

    Originally released June 2010
    2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2GB memory
    320GB hard drive
    HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
    SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    NVIDIA GeForce 320M with 256MB memory

    1. My boyfriend and I will be transferring our files, pics, music, and videos from our PC.
    2. There will be time when we're both logged in.
    3. I'll be upgrading to Lion when it comes out.
    4. We'll be using it to word process, email, store files, and Apple TV every now and then.

    ****Here's the question*****
    With 1-4 in mind, should I have opted for the processor upgrade? (It's not too late for me to cancel.)
    How much memory should I add? 4 or 8 GBs?
  2. Rapscallion, Jun 8, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2011

    Rapscallion macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    Dont add apple's ram upgrade, get it after market, it works just the same for a lot less money. You can find it on newegg or superbiiz or any number of web sites way cheaper.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Lion loves RAM so I would get 8GB as RAM prices are so low now.
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey

    if you purchased the 2.4 refurb today you will get a free lion upgrade

    ( must be from apple online store) you need at least 4gb ram but I would put 8gb in.


    here is an install video for ram very easy diy upgrade. owc has okay ram

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/8566DDR3S8GP/

    but other companies have some better deals. newegg has this one

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...080&cm_re=4gb_ram_ddr3-_-20-233-080-_-Product about 67 dollars for 8gb ram

    superbiiz has one

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php...DDR3-1066-SODIMM-4GB-Original-Notebook-Memory 78 dollars use code for discount THANKSPOP

    don't get a cpu upgrade not a big improvement for the coin that you lay out. 2.4 to 2.66 is not worth a lot of money
  5. mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
    My understanding with refurb Macs is you get the software that originally came with the machine irregardless of what software is currently available. Has this changed?

    And I agree that the CPU upgrade isn't worth it. Buy more RAM from elsewhere.
  6. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    In the past, refurbs have been eligible but we won't know the details of Lion's up-to-date promo until July.
  7. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    From the OS X Lion press release:

    The Mac OS X Lion Up-To-Date upgrade is available at no additional charge via the Mac App Store to all customers who purchased a qualifying new Mac system from Apple or an Apple Authorized Reseller on or after June 6, 2011. Users must request their Up-To-Date upgrade within 30 days of purchase of their Mac computer. Customers who purchase a qualifying Mac between June 6, 2011 and the date when Lion is available in the Mac App Store will have 30 days from Lions official release date to make a request.


    It does say "new Mac system" but who knows how strict they will be?
  8. Rapscallion macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    Even if you didnt get the free upgrade to Lion with a refurb you would be saving $50.00 and that could go towards the purchse of Lion at a later time.
  9. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    You don't need anything for what you plan to do. Save your money. You can always easily add RAM later, so there's absolutely no reason to buy it now.
  10. Alvesang macrumors regular


    Sep 4, 2010
    I agree. The slightly faster processor wouldn't make a huge difference. I upgraded my Mac Mini to 4 GB RAM (just for the fun of it) and I haven't noticed that much of a difference either, because it's used for the same "light" tasks you described.

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