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Mac Mini Upgraded to T7400 2.16 Core 2 Duo = FASTTTTTT!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think that's why the nylon nuts and bolts are so strongly recommended. Wink

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I never gave it a second though. I just went ahead and ordered the nylon nuts and bolts before I even did the upgrades. I'm very glad I did.

It was not much of an effort to get the clips off but even though they looked good after removal I think the nuts and bolts secure the heatsink much better then the clips ever could. Best of all I have peace of mind that one of the clips won't come off if the mini gets bumped.

Also as the 2.33 CPU runs hotter then the original 1.83 mini was designed for I would not take a chance putting any old heatsink compound on it. This is why I elected to use the arctic silver.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dannyv45 wrote:
Smithcraft wrote:
I think that's why the nylon nuts and bolts are so strongly recommended. Wink

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I never gave it a second though. I just went ahead and ordered the nylon nuts and bolts before I even did the upgrades. I'm very glad I did.

It was not much of an effort to get the clips off but even though they looked good after removal I think the nuts and bolts secure the heatsink much better then the clips ever could. Best of all I have peace of mind that one of the clips won't come off if the mini gets bumped.

Also as the 2.33 CPU runs hotter then the original 1.83 mini was designed for I would not take a chance putting any old heatsink compound on it. This is why I elected to use the arctic silver.


Where'd you order from? Any part number or specs on exactly what you got?

Thanks!!!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2009 4:01 am    Post subject: Re: Another succesful CPU & HDD upgrade Reply with quote

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The 2.33 processor runs at the same 60°C @ 1500 - 1600rpm fan speed as the stock 1.83 when idle but slightly hotter when encoding: 92°C @ 2800rpm versus previously 85°C. May still decrease as thermal paste settles in.

I took the opportunity to upgrade the HDD as well, to a WD Scorpio 7200rpm 320GB/16MB.


update: I increased the minimum fan speed to 1800rpm. Idle temp now under 50 degr C. I guess Kaga's thermal goo did need some time to settle, temperature is now not exceeding 87 degr C during long cpu stress tests, same as before the upgrade.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Where'd you order from? Any part number or specs on exactly what you got?

Thanks!!!


Any hobby shop should carry them but I got mine here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Apple-Mac-Mini-Intel-Heat-Sink-Screws-Nuts-Nylon-4-40_W0QQitemZ370142306466QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item370142306466&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw that auction too! I almost considered it!

However I bought six of everything, including washers(just in case) and it was a buck with sales tax! So that guy is making a killing on any sales.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I FINALLY have everything upgraded and Leopard is installed. Tried to launch Garage Band lessons and was greeted with a lovely, "you need to have a dual core or better cpu to play" message. So now I need to upgrade sooner than expected. Would a stock T5600 fit without modification? I see one on eBay with a by it now at $75. I'm not interested in the T7200's. Just need a C2D.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make sure it has pins!

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit late, as usual for me, but I just got around to replacing my old T2300 with a T7400. Threw in a 320GB 7200 RPM drive at the same time. Sold some stuff on eBay to justify buying since I'm not buying anything I don't need right now. Fairly simple install and all is working well! Great information in here, thanks!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2009 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CaliforniaMini wrote:
A bit late, as usual for me, but I just got around to replacing my old T2300 with a T7400. Threw in a 320GB 7200 RPM drive at the same time. Sold some stuff on eBay to justify buying since I'm not buying anything I don't need right now. Fairly simple install and all is working well! Great information in here, thanks!!!


Congrats and welcome to the power mini parade.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow I've been away from this site for a while but just wanted to chime in that my Mini's going strong and never gave me any problems. I love it! I'm going to spend some time catcing up with everyone.

If you're still on the fence let me assure you, this is the best inexpensive option getting into the Mac world. Once you go Mac, you never go back! I don't regret my decision one bit

LaserCobra wrote:
I FINALLY have everything upgraded and Leopard is installed. Tried to launch Garage Band lessons and was greeted with a lovely, "you need to have a dual core or better cpu to play" message. So now I need to upgrade sooner than expected. Would a stock T5600 fit without modification? I see one on eBay with a by it now at $75. I'm not interested in the T7200's. Just need a C2D.


You might as well grab a T7400 or T7600 and call it day. Don't settle for the T5600 chip especially if it says you need more horsepower under the hood.

Trust me, the differences in these chip speeds will blow you away once you upgrade. It literally becomes a new computer before your eyes. Go for the gusto and upgrade your processor to the most speed you can get available.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2009 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CaliforniaMini wrote:
dannyv45 wrote:
It took me half the time to do the upgrade as it did the first time around (now that I've had some practice) and it booted right up.


How long each time? I'm sure if I double the time it took you the first time, that will be about the time it takes me! Laughing

Grrrrrr, i hate this board! It makes me spend $$$. I bought a Hitachi 7K320 while shopping around at Newegg a couple of days ago. I just couldn't pass up the price. I already have one in my MacBook. I'll pick up a T7400 and wireless N card and do all three at once. I think that will take care of it, but is there anything else I should consider upgrading while I'm in there? I'd rather do it now then going back in later.


Thanks California! Now I have to go get an N wireless board...more $$$ geesh Very Happy

I hope you guys don't see my other thread for the Elgato EyeTV HDTV upgrade....

let's just say my Mac also watches HDTV in 720P/1080P resolution and it is very NICE! Plan to spend another 100.00 or so if you see that thread haha
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks California! Now I have to go get an N wireless board...more $$$ geesh Very Happy

I hope you guys don't see my other thread for the Elgato EyeTV HDTV upgrade....

let's just say my Mac also watches HDTV in 720P/1080P resolution and it is very NICE! Plan to spend another 100.00 or so if you see that thread haha


I actually didn't do the wireless upgrade. I plan to have this Mini always hardwired to the Airport so I didn't bother. Just eBayed the T2300 and hd I replaced in the Mini for $50, so this turned out to be a fairly inexpensive upgrade.Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Thanks California! Now I have to go get an N wireless board...more $$$ geesh Very Happy

I hope you guys don't see my other thread for the Elgato EyeTV HDTV upgrade....

let's just say my Mac also watches HDTV in 720P/1080P resolution and it is very NICE! Plan to spend another 100.00 or so if you see that thread haha


I actually didn't do the wireless upgrade. I plan to have this Mini always hardwired to the Airport so I didn't bother. Just eBayed the T2300 and hd I replaced in the Mini for $50, so this turned out to be a fairly inexpensive upgrade.Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2009 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,
I'm considering purchasing a mac mini and am just curious what is the fastest (and type) of intel cpu that can be put into one of these older generation Mac Mini computers?

I plan to use my mac mini as a desktop computer and for live digital audio recording with Garage Band and the RME FireFace 400.
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JackyPerformance.com wrote:
Hi,
I'm considering purchasing a mac mini and am just curious what is the fastest (and type) of intel cpu that can be put into one of these older generation Mac Mini computers?

I plan to use my mac mini as a desktop computer and for live digital audio recording with Garage Band and the RME FireFace 400.


For a 1.66 or later mini the max CPU would be a T7600 2.33GHZ cpu.

Max memory for a 1.66 mini is 2GB

Max memory for a 1.83 or later mini is 4GB.

If you are going to upgrade the hard drive I recommend the 320GB 7200rpm WD scorpio black 2.5" HD.

These combinations will give you the best performance.
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