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iCubeFan
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 8:08 am    Post subject: Mac Mini 2.1 Upgrade Reply with quote

Hi all

I'm in the process of upgrading my stock Mac Mini 2.1.

I've already bought the following parts ( not installed yet):

-1 TB WD HDD & IDE to SATA adapter to replace the optical unit
-2x2GB RAM sticks
-120GB Kinsgton SSD

I'm now considering if it's worthy to replace the stock CPU (2.0 ghz) with a T7600 CPU (2.33 ghz).What do you guys think?

Also I'm unsure about installing a Broadcom BCM70015 Crystal HD Decoder.

Your thoughts?

Cheers
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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2015 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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1 TB WD HDD & IDE to SATA adapter to replace the optical unit
-2x2GB RAM sticks
-120GB Kinsgton SSD


Those are great upgrades. I still have running 2007 mini and pretty much upgraded to a point of perfection....but....I found I was limited by having a mini that will not run the current OS (which integrates the iOS of my pad and phone and such). So I always recommend getting a newer model version if feasable.
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 4:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DonCarlos wrote:
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1 TB WD HDD & IDE to SATA adapter to replace the optical unit
-2x2GB RAM sticks
-120GB Kinsgton SSD

Those are great upgrades. I still have running 2007 mini and pretty much upgraded to a point of perfection....but....I found I was limited by having a mini that will not run the current OS (which integrates the iOS of my pad and phone and such). So I always recommend getting a newer model version if feasable.


Hi DonCarlos

My mini was almost retired but I don't like the idea of putting it on a shelf collecting dust so I'm moving it offsite as a remote back up server and a web browsing/skype dedicated mac.

can anyway help with the broadcom card/ 2 to 2.33 CPU upgrades?

are they needed in my particular case?

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

iCubeFan, your signature suggests that you have a lot of vintage Macs; it's nice to see those still actively being used! Taken out of that context, I would say that the cpu upgrade doesn't make a lot of sense unless you can get the part for very cheap; the speed increase you will get from the SSD will be much more noticeable. However, some people just like to do these things because they're fun and because they can be done. If you are one of these people, I would say go for it.
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