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Mac mini 2012 i5 or i7 choose ?

 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:08 pm    Post subject: Mac mini 2012 i5 or i7 choose ? Reply with quote

Usage: Parallel 8 (run Windows 7/Cool, Xcode, RAW Photo edit (sometimes)

Option 1: i5 model, 16GB, 128 SDD

Option 2: i7 model, 16GB, 1T HDD 5400rpm (original)



And What is the lifetime of mac mini (performance)? Can use for 3~4 yrs?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Mac mini 2012 i5 or i7 choose ? Reply with quote

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Usage: Parallel 8 (run Windows 7/Cool, Xcode, RAW Photo edit (sometimes)

Option 1: i5 model, 16GB, 128 SDD

Option 2: i7 model, 16GB, 1T HDD 5400rpm (original)



And What is the lifetime of mac mini (performance)? Can use for 3~4 yrs?


I would suggest Option 2. Parallels will make use of the disk, a faster unit or SSD should be considered.

I used a 2006 Mini until it got too slow for Lion, that is about 6.5 years.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of my Mac minis are still going strong. They have proved to be most durable over the years. Chances are that it will only become obsolete with future OS X updates.

As for which Mac mini, I would go with the i7 model with a SSD. Smile

All kidding aside, the performance of the quad-core i7 is substantially better than that of the dual-core i5. So, I think that's where I would put my money. Even more so if you're worried about future proofing.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know i7 + SSD should be better choice.

But within my budget, choice option 1 or option 2 ONE only.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmini2012 wrote:
I know i7 + SSD should be better choice.

But within my budget, choice option 1 or option 2 ONE only.


You should rearrange your config and get the base i7 with 4G. The 16G memory is a $300 option. Just shop around, a 256GB Crucial M4 is $165 and 16GB from Corsair is $65 from casual googling.

There are guides here and on ifixit on how to do the disk and memory swap.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Option 2. I have the same model with a Fusion drive and it's crazy fast. You'll always have the ability to upgrade to a SSD down the line. You can even go with dual drives and retain the stock 1TB for files and backups. So... I say go with the i7 for now. You'll also have more room for Parallels, Windows 7 and other VMs with the larger drive.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, I buy i7 model now ?

And then buy RAM , SSD , if necessary or budget ok later right ?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what I'm thinking about doing...

1. Buying the Core i7 server model

2. Placing an order for 16GB of RAM on Newegg (or whoever has best price).

3. Placing an order for a 256GB SSD on Newegg (or whoever has best price).

4. Placing an order for a 2.5" enclosure like this from Newegg.

5. Swaping out one of the 1TB drives for the 256GB SSD.

6. Upgrading RAM to 16GB.

7. Putting the stock 1TB drive in USB 3 enclosure for Time Machine.

8. Enjoying! Smile

I just need to sell about $400 worth of old gear on Craigslist before proceeding.

I know that isn't your overall plan, but I wanting to share mine.

My vote is for option two though.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks brothers!

I have been bought i7 Model , finally.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

macmini2012 wrote:
Thanks brothers!

I have been bought i7 Model , finally.

Congrats! I hope it works out well for you.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:13 pm    Post subject: Mac Mini Reply with quote

macmini2012 wrote:
I know i7 + SSD should be better choice.

But within my budget, choice option 1 or option 2 ONE only.
Choose what you can afford and be happy with that choice.Nothing lasts forever in life. It is a machine.
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