which Mac mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Dsouza, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Dsouza macrumors newbie

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    Which would be a faster unit for basic computer, Pages/Numbers, picture, email, etc type stuff?
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 with 8GB memory or the
    2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with 4GB of memory
    I'm curious about others thoughts?
     
  2. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    They will both be ridiculously fast for basic productivity software.
     
  3. phoenixsan macrumors 65816

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    I think....

    more RAM can make things easier and sometimes snappier in situations when exists various apps open, large documents and so on. Not so sure about an important performance gain between these 2 minis, based only in the CPU, for the purposes you shares, though:(



    :):apple:
     
  4. TheGenerous macrumors 6502a

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    I upgraded from a 2006 MacBook that can do Adobe CS6 suite, photo editing, and video to a 2012 Mac Mini base model with 16 GB and it was a good choice.
    It works faster, and I have no complains about my 2006 MacBook, I just wanted to upgrade after 6 years.
     
  5. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

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    Go with the base model because you won't gain anything for your uses by spending $200 more for the quad-core i7 CPU.

    4GB RAM is OK for basic use but future OS and software updates may require more RAM. And if you do more than the basics or like to have many windows/tabs/apps open simultaneously additional RAM is the way to go. If you can spend a little more money get 16GB.

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  6. Dr Charter macrumors 6502

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    I bought the base model for similar uses and absolutely love it. I intended to put 8GB of RAM in it but bought 16GB because RAM is pretty cheap. I might put an SSD in it later but it absolutely flies right now, so I don't see the need.
     
  7. 911scanner macrumors member

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    I own the "base" model mid-2010 27" iMac. Love the machine, but looking at replacing with a MM due to a much faster computer & ease of self installing SSD, etc.

    That being said, I can see one reason not to go with a base model anything.

    The 2010 & up 27" iMacs are capable of utilizing 32Gb of RAM, but my "base" model i3 can only max out at 16Gb of RAM. This information was not available at the time of my purchase.

    Had I purchased the next model up, I would be able to benefit from such a bonus. As we do not know what the future holds, it's nice to not be limited by saving a few bucks on the front end.
     
  8. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Just start with the base model in the base config.
    RAM upgrading is cheaper yourself and super easy, and you probably won't need it reading your use.
     

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