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nthe10ring
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject: What Do I Need- Any help appreciated Reply with quote

I have been using a Windows box for some time, Pent III with 512 Megs Ram,Windows ME . I have RoadRunner and AOL SE on that.
My main activites on the system is managing Photos, through Kodak Easy Share, but thinking about going to something better. I use e-mail and several chat platforms.I also do some video editing, but only small clips,nothing big. I run my collection of music of through my present system, and have a surround sound set up from Boston Acoustics. I occasionally use some aspects of Microsoft Works.
I have been lurking here since the inception of Mac Mini, and have decided that I would like to try something new. I spend a great portion of my time updating and running adaware and spyware and virus programs.and it seems less and less of enjoying actually getting something done ON the computer.
Sorry for this longwinded speil but im at a standstill now. I want to purchase a mini now and get what i need all at one time, get the most bang for my buck. I like the system to be quick and crisp in operation.
Would i be better to get the slower mini with the faster hard drive and get and external HD later. I like to burn CD's and want to be able to eventually burn DVD's. As to that question , would and extenal burner be better.
I see that most are ordering with the base RAM and udating themselves. would the Mini with 512 megs ( 75 bucks) from Apple be enough.
I recently had the chance to play with one of these at Best Buy and really liked the concept. I just dont have any experience with Macs, but want to.
Any Suggestions would be appreciated. I have really enjoyed this forum so far.
I forgot to mention, I have a 19" Mitsubishi monitor (CRT) that i would like to use for a while, are they still having problems using the old style moitors?

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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since you are new to Mac land, I suggest you get the 1.42GHz with the larger hard drive and get a the Superdrive pre-installed. If opening the mini doesn't sound like a scary proposition you can save a few bucks and install the 512 yourself. Whatever you do get 512...256 is a joke!
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, double check with Kodak that their easy share software and/or your camera will work with the mini. And check anything else you wish to use on it. That will give you a pretty good idea if it will sufface as a replacement. OSX will take care of the email and chat requirements with built-in software or available installs. I think the mini would handle a little video editing and should definately handle your music needs. Not sure about MS Works. A little research should take care of that.

Here is what I did. I got the 1.25, I too wanted a bang for my buck. the 1.25 GHz PPC is a very powerful processor, you will be surprised. I did a RAM upgrade myself. Easier than I thought it would be. And you say possibley burn DVD's in the future? Save yourself some cash now and look into the upgrade at a later date. An external drive is definately a possiblilty, and if you can muster the RAM upgrade I'm sure you could swap optical drives.

The minni is a great device, and as you can see from this forum many modifications can be made to them to suit your needs. You just need to decide what modifications you want to make yourself and how compatible the Mac platform is with all of your software needs.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahh wrote:
how compatible the Mac platform is with all of your software needs.

Hope this helps.


That's the best question you can ask anyone who's thinking about switching to the Mac. Will the software met your needs! I hate to see people get caught up in the hype and forget to buy what they really need. JMHO
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PostPosted: Fri May 13, 2005 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahh wrote:
First, double check with Kodak that their easy share software and/or your camera will work with the mini. Hope this helps.


I have and use a Kodak digital camera that I use with my Mac and it works beautifully with both iPhoto and the Mac version of the Kodak easyshare software. So one less thing to worry about
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