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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:24 pm    Post subject: New mini order help Reply with quote

About to order a new mini and I'm torn.

For sure I'll order a TBD but I'm torn between a lightly used i7 2.3, 16gb ram with a 1tb drive AND an Intel 120gb SSD installed or ordering a fully loaded mm 2.6 i7 with an Apple CTO 256 SSD and I'll add 16gb ram myself.

When all said and done if I order the mini it will cost me $200 more than the used one

I'm going this route so I'm as future proof as possible

I'm thinking ordering for the warranty but not sure about SSD differences
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Mac mini is reliable as heck, but I would probably still go with a new model from Apple. Just for the warranty and peace of mind. Why don't you go with the Fusion though? It's going to give more storage like the used model with two drives. You're also getting about the same amount of solid-state storage at 128GB. Plus, you can always add another drive down the road. That's how I would proceed.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For $50 more over the fusion I get a proper SSD 256gb

A second drive won't actually help because I keep all my data on external FW800 drives, too big for internal plus I like the idea of silent drive

I'm toying with the idea of a thunderbolt drive like the little big disk from lacie to be the working data drive, from what I've seen the read/write speeds are impressive and keeping backup and media files on the fw800 drives
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:57 pm    Post subject: Fusion Drive Reply with quote

Ben Tex wrote:
The Mac mini is reliable as heck, but I would probably still go with a new model from Apple. Just for the warranty and peace of mind. Why don't you go with the Fusion though? It's going to give more storage like the used model with two drives. You're also getting about the same amount of solid-state storage at 128GB. Plus, you can always add another drive down the road. That's how I would proceed.
The Fusion is an extra $250.00 I thought when you order it.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 10:01 pm    Post subject: Re: Fusion Drive Reply with quote

marv777 wrote:
Ben Tex wrote:
The Mac mini is reliable as heck, but I would probably still go with a new model from Apple. Just for the warranty and peace of mind. Why don't you go with the Fusion though? It's going to give more storage like the used model with two drives. You're also getting about the same amount of solid-state storage at 128GB. Plus, you can always add another drive down the road. That's how I would proceed.
The Fusion is an extra $250.00 I thought when you order it.


True but for $50 more I'm into a bigger SSD

To me a 1tb 5400rpm HDD is useless
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gowyn wrote:
For $50 more over the fusion I get a proper SSD 256gb

A second drive won't actually help because I keep all my data on external FW800 drives, too big for internal plus I like the idea of silent drive

I'm toying with the idea of a thunderbolt drive like the little big disk from lacie to be the working data drive, from what I've seen the read/write speeds are impressive and keeping backup and media files on the fw800 drives

Okay, good points. I just thought that it might be something else to think about. Wish you luck with the decision. Even though you really can't go wrong either way. The Mac mini is a nice system with much to offer these days.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just for info Applecare can also be bought anytime during the first year, so even with the used one you may still be able to add Applecare.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:02 pm    Post subject: MM 2012 Reply with quote

Ben Tex wrote:
gowyn wrote:
For $50 more over the fusion I get a proper SSD 256gb

A second drive won't actually help because I keep all my data on external FW800 drives, too big for internal plus I like the idea of silent drive

I'm toying with the idea of a thunderbolt drive like the little big disk from lacie to be the working data drive, from what I've seen the read/write speeds are impressive and keeping backup and media files on the fw800 drives

Okay, good points. I just thought that it might be something else to think about. Wish you luck with the decision. Even though you really can't go wrong either way. The Mac mini is a nice system with much to offer these days.
MM is more diversified and you can do much more.
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