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My "New" 2006 2.33 ghz Mac Mini (upgrade)

 
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Zymo
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 13, 2014 11:23 am    Post subject: My "New" 2006 2.33 ghz Mac Mini (upgrade) Reply with quote

Just passing along my upgrade from a 1.66 ghz Core Duo Mini to a 2.33 ghz Core 2 Duo (Intel T7600). Here's what it had:

1.66 ghz Core Duo
2 gb RAM
Stock 60 gb hard drive
Stock 802.11g wifi
Stock Combo Drive

I bought the T7600 from one of the ebay sites for $60 shipped. It was a pull from a Windows laptop. I bought a SATA to PATA hard drive caddy to replace the combo drive, and an 802.11ac wireless stick from Newegg. I updated the firmware to 2,1 then installed 4 gb RAM. I ran MemTest to stress the RAM chips and they passed. I ran two instances of 'yes' for a couple of hours without any problems. The total uptime now is about 42 hours, so I think it's stable. Here's the final update.

2.33 ghz Core 2 Duo T7600
240 GB OWC SSD on the SATA bus
640 GB WD SATA hard drive in the drive caddy (PATA to SATA)
3 GB RAM (Mushkin 2x2GB)
Edimax 802.11ac wifi

So, in total the upgrade cost me about $350. Geekbench indicates about a 50% increase in performance. I'm running SL 10.6.8 off the SSD and the hard drive is for data storage. It is surprisingly fast, especially with the 802.11ac wifi (433 Mbits/s), which is connected to my home network with the Airport Extreme Base Station. I had no idea Safari could be so snappy on this Mini.

Total effort was about 3 hours. After doing each update, I booted the computer just to make sure each update was working properly before proceeding to the next update. I did the cpu first, RAM second, caddy third, then finally the wifi stick (which wasn't really work Smile ).

Parts:
SSD from OWC = $145
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/SSD/Mercury_Electra_3G_Solid_State

WD hard drive = $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0AJ1AT9197

Drive Caddy = $10
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA32C1EP0442&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3160356&SID=xu1y86ok48b0

Edimax 802.11ac USB wifi stick = $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833315132&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3160356&SID=zklbrkstwhdr

Mushkin 4 gb RAM kit = $58
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226044&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3160356&SID=13q7apa4sd4mk
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cool beans!!!

Watch your power supply though if the system doesn't start up one morning the 2006 mac mini's had a fidgeting power supply sometimes after the upgrade it would just not power up or get extremely hot but glad to hear it worked for you
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic!

It's good to see people are still upgrading the early Intel minis!

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Came across a 1.5 ghz core solo last week that was "broken". Turns out to have a bad hard drive; it boots fine from FW port. Got it for free, so I just ordered another T7600, 2x2 GB RAM and 120 GB SSD to give it a new life.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Zymo I also did the t 7600, ram, didn't do wifi, hardwired Internet lan, but I did do the blue ray upgrade and will say the mac go program rocks not a hick up 4 full. Movies no glitch.running 1080 on 46" Samsung was a little concerned but a waste of time it's great ! My 1st computer build of any kind and it was so easy and problem free can't wait for the next one try to figure out what's next !! Before I saw you post I hadn't found anyone else tryin t 7600 had no clue run or melt down ! Well lol run! And run well it does , what's the next crazyNess ideas ? B safe happy macing.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smithcraft wrote:
Fantastic!

It's good to see people are still upgrading the early Intel minis!

SC
Are you disappointed that no new mac mini has come out? Just curious
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