used vs new with snow leopard?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chris7777, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. chris7777 macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2008
    I am looking at getting a cheap mac in the near future to develop for iphone.
    I know it has to be an intel processor, but does the graphics card make much difference?

    I have been thinking of either getting a mac mini, new, or or from craigslist.
    but I noticed a macbook listed tonight that I believe is this model
    MA700LL/A 13.3" Laptop (2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive) - White
    would the newer mac mini be significantly better than the laptop for snow leopard?
    I know it is also likely close to 3 years old.

    I am probably going to get a 13' pro for my own use soon as well, but was trying to hold out until the new ones were released to see what the end up doing with the graphics card, and processor, with the nvida debacle.

    but ultimately I am looking at the best bang for my buck.
  2. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    Mac Mini will be faster, run cooler, much more expandable. And yeah, it will perform much better under SL because of the graphics card.

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