Will a Mac Mini do the job?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by appledyl, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. appledyl macrumors regular

    appledyl

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    I'm thinking of purchasing the newest Mac Mini from Apple.com. I wish to purchase one that has about 2 GB ram, 2.x GHZ, 120 GB hard drive, etc. for about $700. I'm not sure how large the graphics card is.... I do average social stuff such as email and IM. I also do lots of music mixing, video editing, Xcode development, and graphics design as well as some gaming. (Halo, Starcraft, etc.) Currently I have an iMac G4 with 756 MB ram, 800 MHZ processor, 40 GB hard drive and a 32 mb graphics card. Its just not good enough!! Do you think the Mac Mini will do the job?
     
  2. psingh01 macrumors 65816

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    The mini will be light years better than what you have. So if you're getting by now, you should have no problem.
     
  3. gilkisson macrumors 65816

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    Wow, aren't you the trooper? You've done a lot with a little, you deserve some hardware.

    Yes, the new Minis will do the job for pretty much any ordinary task.
     
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    The Mini will be great for you and so much better than what you have, as stated above. I don't think you can go wrong there.
     
  5. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    The Mac Mini is now up to par with the rest of the Apple line. It is very capable now. I guess you can say it is a 13in/15in Macbook Pro just without the 9600M like in the 15in and the other obvious things (monitor,keyboard, mouse.)
     
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    or its just like the mb???
     
  7. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    No because the Macbook doesn't even have a firewire port. :D
     
  8. mr_matalino macrumors 6502a

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    Burn for the MP!
     
  9. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    As long as you don't plan on playing lots of new games the mini will be just perfect for you.
     
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  11. appledyl thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I think it will work as well.

    One more question: What kind of display should I purchase? I do NOT want to purchase the expensive new apple ones. Is there an old apple flat screen display that is pretty cheap, yet still good quality
     
  12. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Maybe you can find a cheap deal on the Apple 20" Cinema Display on Craigslist or eBay. Other than that, I recommend Dell (crappy customer service though) or HP monitors.
     
  13. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    Yes, get the lowest end Mini, and upgrade the ram to 4Gb yourself. you will save a lot of money doing so and its a must to have 4Gb ram in the Mini imo..
     
  14. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a

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    for display, you can look at the refurb LED display at the apple online store...its only $599:eek:

    or you can buy a dell monitor...they sell for ~$300...they are pretty good too...

    peace
     
  15. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, if you don't have a monitor or keyboard, or mouse, consider the low end iMAc as well, lots more power, accessories and everything, plus a great LED screen for only a few hundred more.

    I think it would actually be prefect for you, based on your needs/wants
     
  16. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    Keep an eye on fatwallet's hot deals. You can find good deals for 22"-24" monitors for $100-$200. I believe Costco has a deal on a 24", but it could be expired.
     
  17. macrumorsMaster macrumors 6502

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    You could just say the mini is a 13" mbp without the monitor and screen and expandability to 8gb of ram(at least officially, I know there's been a thread on it been able to go to 8gb)
     
  18. ewytt macrumors newbie

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    Does anybody think the Mini will work for print graphic design (mostly vectors and some high res images - no billboards) and editing RAW Nikon D80 files?

    Are any designer considering this machine? Wish it could run more ram.
     
  19. businessgo macrumors member

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    I have a MAC mini + RAM upgrade. I can even play Call of Duty 4 :D
     
  20. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    OWC is now selling 8GB RAM kits for the 2009 Mac Minis.
     
  21. appledyl thread starter macrumors regular

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    are the oldschool iMac G3 monitors any good??? They are quite skinny and gorgeous looking! heehee are they>????
     
  22. ForkDolphin macrumors newbie

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    If you need a monitor you should consider picking up the previous generation 20inch imac in the Apple refurb store. Just got one for $850 and I love it. Faster processor than the high end mini, and similar specs all around. Really happy with it.
     

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