Your Mac Mini Build/Order

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by dyzfnctional, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. dyzfnctional macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    Which one did you all order and what will you use your Mac mini for?
    For me, I'm thinking just as a Plex server to watch movies with.

    • i7
    • 16gb 2666MHz DDR4
    • 1TB SSD
    Probably overkill to what i need.... price tag @ $2099
  2. billhelm macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2010
    i5/256 SSD/16 ram... $1299... perfect for what I need it for which is mostly as an AV server (plex, dvr, etc) and a file server. will also be my daily personal driver.

    I was going to buy an intel NUC but this is only 200 more similarly specc'ed and i can run windows on it if I desire (which i don't at the moment).
  3. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    I am going to order the base model, I think the quad core i3 will be fine for my needs and I will upgrade the memory myself.
  4. mrhansolo macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2011
    i7/256 SSD/8gb ram for $1299.

    Wanted the best processor I could get, and since the ram is upgrade able I will add more if I need it. Since I have a NAS that I store all of my files on, the 256 seemed right for me.

    I am upgrading from a mac pro 5,1 with an upgraded Radeon 7950 card powering two 4K screens. Still a beast of a computer. Hoping this Mac Mini will carry the flag and hold up after 8-9 years like the 5,1 has.
  5. Jozone macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    No point in the 1TB.. save the money, and do a USB-C enclosure with SSD (tucked away in cabinet).
  6. Dreday24 macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2012

    I bought a 32gb ssd kit off amazon to upgrade when it gets here.
  7. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Good luck with that... the RAM is soldered in place.

    Apple: "You're welcome".
  8. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL

    It's not, this has been discussed at length in several threads, with copious amount of evidence pointing to it being user upgradable (per 2012 models ...).
  9. phoenix-mac-user macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2016
    Waiting to see the teardown next week to see what is upgradable. I am fairly certain with the pictures and the way the presentation went, the memory is upgradable. If the SSD is also upgradable like the 2014 model: The base I7 model.

    Otherwise, the base I7 model with a 512 GB SSD.
  10. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Dang... that is so unlike Apple ... leaving all that money on the table... hope it turns out to be true... could be a sign of things too come... or wishful thinking... or a mix.
  11. MarkN macrumors member

    May 2, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    I am replacing my 2011 i7 Mac mini iTunes server
    • i7
    • 16 gb ram
    • 512 gb ssd
    512 ssd is probably very much overkill for me, but since it can't be replaced, I might as well play it safe. $1699

    I just replaced an old RAID device with a new Thunderbolt 3 unit with four 2 TB SSD drives, so I am ready for the new Mac mini!
  12. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    It's kind of an interesting reversal from the previous model (the semi-infamous 2014 "update"), but I think they understand the Mini fits into a kind of hobby/hands-on pro-sumer.
  13. ivnj macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2006
    Wont be ordering as I have 2014 mini. Or I can trade in but not worth much probably. But my 14 is still good enough.
  14. D.T. macrumors G3


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    If I sell my MBP, I'll go with a $1499 config: max CPU, 512GB storage, then I'll upgrade the RAM from 8GB to 32GB myself with 3rd party RAM, and then later very likely add an eGPU (580 or Vega 64).

    FWIW, I'm a software developer/writer/architect, run some VMs, a few Docker containers, lots of opensource codework (significant time in text editors + terminal), XCode, use Bootcamp (Win10) frequently - and all my "general computing",writing, photo organization, music/services management, is on MacOS.
  15. tedson macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2002
    I7, 8GB memory, 128GB or 256GB storage. Will upgrade memory myself and use external hard drive for bulk storage.

    This is all dependent on iFixIt's tear down to confirm memory is upgradeable.
  16. dyzfnctional thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    True... i wonder if i would sacrife speed when i write or stream to/from the external SSD? Since its USB-C maybe minimal or not at all?
  17. LaloG macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2013
    Waiting for a tear down myself. It’ll be for the wife (photographer) but for sure I’ll be getting her the i7, 8GB(since it’s user upgradeable as I can see) and either 256GB or 512GB. For those who do an external SSD how do you do it and how does it work? I’m kind of new at this so if you can point me in the right direction it will be great if I can get the lowest SSD and expand it with an external one. Thanks!
  18. !!! macrumors 6502

    Aug 5, 2013
    Thinking about getting one. Just worried about the storage options. I currently rock an SSD/HD combo and I like it. Lots of space for big files while still having the OS and apps load fast. It appears to only support Apple's PCI SSDs.
  19. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

    Sep 5, 2013
    Oregon, USA
    You get a box that matches the drive you have/want. For HDD shaped SSD, a box like this will do

    this works with cheaper SSD like these

    There are also faster pcie SSD with their own cases (and price levels)
  20. Fozziebear40 macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2008
    Newton-le-Willows, England
    I am glad they updated, but not yet for me. I got a refurb 2014 with 16GB memory and 256GB SSD for £739 10 months ago. I'll wait to see benchmarks and if it has a noisy fan.
  21. bigpoppamac31 macrumors 68020

    Aug 16, 2007
    That would be a lot cheaper wouldn’t it? But wouldn’t an external SSD be slower than the internal one? For every day thing I wouldn’t notice but I think it would be noticeable for more intensive things.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 30, 2018 ---
    I’m wondering about the speed difference as well.
  22. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    I have the enclosure on order now, and I'll just reconfigure my Windows box to free up a 1TB SSD SATA drive for it.
  23. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502a

    Dr. Stealth

    Sep 14, 2004
    SoCal-Surf City USA
  24. dyzfnctional thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2008
    Just browsed to best buy and they have it posted l, gives you the option to configure but you can’t...hmm
  25. senseless, Oct 30, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018

    senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I'm confused as to what parts I can use from my old 2011 Mini. Can anyone advise me here:
    To connect my old 24" VGA/ DVI monitor:
    Can I use my existing monitor cable or do I need an adapter?

    For connecting my USB printer, external drives etc, do I need:
    1) A new USB 3 hub?
    2) New cables to connect my devices to the USB-C ports?
    3) or USB to USB-C adapters?


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