Which Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hsj2011, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. hsj2011 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking to buy a Mac Mini fairly soon to use for web development and I'm just wondering which of the current mini's is best value for money?

    I was originally trying to decide between the 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz Mini's but then I noticed it's not much more for the 2.0GHz i7 server, although it doesn't have the radeon graphics.

    Will the Server work just like a normal Mini?

    Is there any advantage in having the 2.7GHz i7 over the 2.5GHz i5?
     
  2. Vermifuge macrumors 6502

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    This site breaks down the value of the 2011 minis vs performance. Depending on the kind of development you are doing the base mini is probably "good enough." A lot of people here will talk you out of the i7 Dual Core but I happen to like mine.
     
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  4. hsj2011 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, yeah my computer when funny when trying to post this. Can the mods please close the other thread?
     
  5. hsj2011 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Both really. I don't do any rendering or anything like that but use photoshop mainly to crop and optimise images, produce design ideas, that kind of thing.

    I just don't want to end up with a system that restrictive in some way. If I could cope with a 21.5" screen, I'd definately choose an iMac instead but the screen's just a bit too small.

    I've previously had an i5 3.33GHz Hackintosh but have just sold my 2007 MBP so want to get a proper Mac desktop rather than the hackintosh.
     
  6. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    A an iMac 27" an option ? Lots of screen ...

    ( by the way: you can press the little red triangle in the other thread and inform the mod)
     
  7. hsj2011 thread starter macrumors regular

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    a 27" iMac is out of my price range unfortunately and thanks for the tip :)
     
  8. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    In this case a i5 with 2.5 Ghz should do it with enough performance buffer for the future. Think about changes in working tasks, too.
     
  9. hsj2011 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, that's kind of along the lines I was thinking too. Is there any benefit in getting the i7 2.7GHz or the i7 2Ghz Server over the 2.5Ghz i5?
     
  10. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I don't see much need for the dual core 2.7 or the quad core 2.0 for your workflow. Instead I would suggest that you upgrade the RAM to 8 GBs yourself and also upgrade the HDD to a SSD such as an Intel 320.
     
  11. ChristianJapan macrumors 601

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    Good point; the SSD will boost for sure. I was positively surprised how good my MBA felt when I got it back I'm December.
     

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