Which mac mini would be adequate for my needs?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by crazyfortech, Apr 3, 2006.

  1. crazyfortech macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005

    Right now I"m coiming from a powermac g4 dual 500mhz, 512 MB ram, I really love tiger and all of apples things. I got into macs in august of last year. I'm in the need for a "NEW" computer! I think a mac mini would be the best choice for me. I am now thinking which one I should get?

    Mac mini G4 1.42/1.5 ghz 1gb RAM
    Mac mini intel Core Single 1.5 7?? MB RAM
    Mac mini intel core duo 1.66 512 RAM

    Price is a factor, I really think a mac mini intel core single would be good for me. I don't think my old powermac is THAT slow, it's actually pretty nice. I know if I kicked it up to 1gb it would be alot faster. I haven't tried using iLife applications now so I'm not sure how they would preform on my old computer. THE MOST I CAN SPEND IS $800.00, and even that is way high. I don't want to waste all my money on some computer, but I'm really not sure what to do. I hope to get about 350.00 for my powermac. Then I have some money besides that, SO i assume everything to be about 600.00! If alot of people recomend the core dou I could maybe get some more money, some how>

    My tasks

    iLife 2006
    documents (word, powerpoint)
    slight final cut express
    a lil bit of photoshop

    thats about it, I don't need my comptuer to be extremely fast, but not nessiarly SLOW, for prices the G4 would be best for my budget, but I do like the new intel technology and front row. I would like maybe sometimes to hook it up to our 46" Toshiba DLP.

  2. crazyfortech thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
  3. direzz macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2006
    i'd get the imac.. its just 500 more and its beautiful and it far exceeds the mac mini. u never kno if you gonna need more power.

    the solo would probbaly be good for you tho. not to sure how fast final cut would work tho
  4. nospleen macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2002
    I would go for the duo mini. I know price is an issue, but it is definitely worth the extra cash...
  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Mhm, you want the Core Duo really, or you wont forgive yourself for moving to a single-CPU machine. If you could find a way to push the RAM up to a GB then it'd really help you out with applications running under Rosetta. I know that long term everything will become Universal, but RAM is always a good thing to have.

    Of course, the G4 mini would be great at running your existing PowerPC apps... so it's really your call I guess.
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Out of the three models, I would go with the 1.66GHz Core Duo Mac Mini. Although, the 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac Mini would work fine for your stated uses. :)

    As miniConvert has stated, going to 1GB+ of RAM would definitely be recommended- regardless of which machine that you choose to buy.
  7. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    My two cents...

    Seems like you have your heart set on a mac mini, so I will stick to those.
    From the reviews I have read, the Core Single is underpowered for its price. I also remember reading somewhere that Final Cut will not install on the Core Single because it doesn't meet the specs (might want to check on that). 1080 HD trailers also don't run smooth and since you have a Toshiba DLP, I would aim for the Core Duo. Personally I wouldn't get anything PPC unless it was dirt cheap especially since intels come with frontrow/remote...the intels are just screaming to be hooked into your DLP.

    I know your finances is a big deal, but I would wait and save to make up for the $200 difference.

    Good luck in your mac mini purchase! :D
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I believe that this is the case- good catch khisayruou. :)
  9. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Definitely rule out the G4, it wouldn't be any faster than what you have now.

    The duo is quite a bit faster, but the apps you list should run fine on one core.

    If you have a monitor and want as cheap as possible, the iMac doesn't really make sense, you don't get that much more for the money.

    Whichever one you get, you should definitely consider going to a gig of ram, it makes a big difference in performance.

    At this point, we don't know if any of the final cut apps will install on either of the minis, hopefully that will be cleared up ASAP.
  10. MacSA macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2003
    JUST 500 more? lol :rolleyes:
  11. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    He doesn't have a spare $500, and he wants a Mac mini. :rolleyes:

    Final Cut needs a Core Duo, otherwise I'd go with the Core Solo.
  12. Peyton macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    I know, the person said they had $800 in a stretch! Anyway, I'd go with the duo if you can, or a solo with more ram. You can upgrade the chip later, but that would be annoying to me, so I would go with the duo.

    Get the education discount (if you can) and maybe you can squeeze in a gb of ram into the duo...?

  13. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
  14. crazyfortech thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2005
    well if I even use final cut, IT WILL DEFINITELY BE EXPRESS! well why wouldn't the single work, if I wanted to the final cut express right now would work wiht my powermac
  15. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Funny I managed to forgive myself! :)

    Definitely needs to be pushed up to 1Gb though (which I did).

    That said, I've been writing a paper with Word tonight with the Mini Core Solo and its fair to say that Word is a little unresponsive compared to my Powerbook. Not unresponsive, just a little "sluggish". Its pretty useable however, but might get annoying if you have to use it a lot.

    Almost enough to make we want to try Pages.
  16. khisayruou macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2004
    You have to take into account that the mini now has an integrated graphic chipset. Your powermac, Im sure has a better graphics card and Final Cut Express is running natively on the PPC architecture. If you were to run that in Rosetta on a mini, then your probably asking for trouble.

    There are no benchmarks out that I know of, that tests how well the Universal Final Cut runs on a single or duo core.
  17. The Mad Kiwi macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    In Hell
    If I was you I'd wait and save a bit extra and get a core duo with 1g ram, it's a computer that'll last you a while.

    The duo's are really quick machines and most software that'll come out in the future will use this power as well as be designed for dual processors since almost all macs now have dual processors, with the single you could find obsolesence just around the corner.

    I know waiting for new gear when you want it sucks, but it's better to wait save a bit more and buy the right computer.
  18. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
  19. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    Almost true, but remember the Core Solo can be upgrade to a Duo, so you can buy cheap now, and then later on upgrade to the Duo when the prices come down a bit or you have some more money.

    That said, its hard to recommend a Mini to people who want to run Pro Apps, but then I'll never understand those who run $500 apps on a $600 computer.
  20. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    I would blame Word for that. It's more inefficient than Congress.
  21. dr_lha macrumors 68000

    Oct 8, 2003
    True, but I'm afraid Word is much more usable on my 1Ghz PB than on my 1.5Ghz Core Solo, ineficiencies or not. The Duo probably helps I'd guess, but there's no substitute for running native Intel code.
  22. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    Keep in mind that Toshiba goes out of their way to state that computers are not to be used on any input. This is stated in several places in the manual. Unless they've recently changed their stance.

    I suspect that the Mini will work fine with the Toshiba DLP, assuming that you have the right cables. It's probably a disclaimer for Toshiba to refuse service calls asking why someone's PC won't work with the DLP.


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