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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Considering a Mid 2010 mini. Reply with quote

While I certainly don't need to do it, I'm considering picking up a mid 2010 mini to replace the HTmini that I'm currently using to get a few more bits out of it, and the convenience of HDMI.

Any recommendations?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I'm using for my home theater setup. Very happy with it, just make sure you upgrade the ram to at least 4GB. Beyond that, I don't think you can go wrong. The 2010 looks much more at home in a home theater than the previous models, and has the DVD player (still comes in handy occasionally) that the 2011 model lacks.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:48 pm    Post subject: Smithy Reply with quote

Smithy, how much had you planned on spending?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was hoping to find a 2.66 GHz (non server) with most of the bells and whistles for around $500. From what I'm seeing on eBay, 2.4 GHz models are still going for $600, so I think I might be waiting a bit longer.

I love the ones listed as being 3 GHz!

unblowupable5, 2 GB wouldn't be good? I seem to rarely have any issues that seem to be memory dependent from the current mini.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:13 am    Post subject: Referb mini Reply with quote

I browsed the referb store for months
and the best deal I could find was $719.00
plus tax for the 2.66, i7 and 2 Gigs of RAM
with a 500 GB 5400 RPM HD. I upgraded
the RAM and HD when I got a chance.
That model usually was better spec'ed
and cost around 1K. You may need to wait
for the next refresh for a lower price.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just got a 2010 2.4 Ghz from the Apple refurnished section for $469. They do come up but you have to check daily and be prepared to jump when you see one.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:


unblowupable5, 2 GB wouldn't be good? I seem to rarely have any issues that seem to be memory dependent from the current mini.

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I guess it depends on what you're going to use the system for. I use mine as an HTPC running Plex (server and client), EyeTV, and a few other apps. Frankly I was a bit disappointed in the system's overall performance- everything just felt a bit sluggish to me. Going from 2GB to 4GB made a drastic improvement in the overall 'snappy-ness' of the system. Then again, someone else might not have had any qualms with the performance with 2GB at all, so I guess it's just my opinion.
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