Which mini and upgrades to get with $1000 to spend

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cibby, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. cibby macrumors member

    May 27, 2005
    I'm trying to figure out the best mini to buy for $1000 total, well make that $1100. The mini will replace my 2007 MBP 2.4GHz connected to an HP 24" display. I use it mainly for media listening/viewing, torrents, surfing, as well as Lightroom, Photoshop, and likely some video editing. Photography is a growing hobby and I'm learning more about post processing, so I can see starting to try more complex adjustments in PS.

    In all cases below I'll upgrade to 8gb of RAM.

    1) Server - as is, run the dual drives at Raid 0 ($1100)
    2) AMD model - add/replace the HDDs with a 7200 drive ($900-1000)
    3) Base - add second 256GB SSD for OS (assuming OWC or someone figures that out, $1100)

    I have a bias towards SSD drives seeing the snappy Air. I could get the AMD or server models with SSD but the cost starts getting up there. Ultimately I want the best overall experience on a "budget". My own thinking is it's between the server and base/ssd. Will the base/ssd feel more snappy most of the time vs the faster server and its quad cores when doing heavier tasks?

    I'd welcome any feedback/suggestions.

  2. philipma1957, Jul 26, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    1)see server info above

    I tested the 2.3 with a big ssd and 8gb it would do most of what you want.

    If you are willing to wait I am testing the 2.3 with a 1tb 5400 rpm hdd and the 2.5 with a 256gb ssd and the 2.7 with a 256gb ssd.

    My guess for you is the 2.5 799 amd model put in 8gb ram get it at amazon for 769 if usa and make do until a t-bolt comes out then add on the t-bolt with an ssd.

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