Will the base line Mac Mini last well for 2.5 years?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ranny2, Oct 9, 2011.

  1. ranny2 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Hey guys,
    I was just wondering whether you think the base, 2.3GHz Mini with a 4GB RAM upgrade would last 2 and a half years comfortably? I plan on getting a MacBook Pro when I go off to university, but would quite like a desktop now.
    My uses will be:
    Web browsing
    Document editing
    Photo editing (using Aperture 3, possibly future software like Aperture 4...)
    Thanks for your help.
  2. TomT321 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2009
    No Problem

    I have had my Mac MINI for about 3 years now with only a 2Ghz processor and 1 GB of memory and it has served me very well and continues to do so, so there is no doubt that the new Mac should last you years and years.
  3. mdgm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 2, 2010
    That should be fine. I would upgrade the RAM to 8GB (2x4GB) not 4GB (2x2GB) yourself though. 8GB RAM isn't much more expensive and you'll probably want to have at least 8GB RAM to run the next version of Mac OS X well.
  4. TheMTtakeover macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2011
    I agree. I bought the base model and then 8gb of crucial ram for 50$. and its for 50$ well spent
  5. FrizzleFryBen macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I have 2-3.5ish year old minis that get used daily for audio conversion and some robot tasks. They are still trucking along with not a single problem. Sure are outdated looking tho!
  6. scenemissing macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2010
  7. dwarnecke11 macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2009
    I had the original G4 mini for almost six years! You'll be fine :)
  8. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I still use my 4 year old mini on a regular basis. They're great little machines
  9. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Yes, you will really like the computer! I have a 2.5 year old 2.0 GHZ Core 2 Duo I use connected to TV, and it's completely competent.

    Yours will have a *MUCH* faster processor.

    8GB ram is so cheap from OWC you can even put 8GB in it if you want, but 4GB will be fine too.

    Enjoy it! That computer will be faster than just about every consumer Mac from a couple years ago, so honestly, you'll really be good to go.
  10. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    My mini, my main desktop, will be turning three this coming March and is still going strong! 2.0GHz C2D, 8GB RAM, 320GB HDD. I've bumped the RAM from its original 1GB, and the HDD from its original 120GB, and it's been a treat. I plan on getting at least another year and a half out of it, hopefully more :)
  11. SR45 macrumors 65832


    Aug 17, 2011
    Of course it will last for three years, at least for me. I have the Apple care for the added just in case warranty :D

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