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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 10:36 pm    Post subject: Which Mac mini Reply with quote

Hi every body,

I just want to get a new Mac Mini that will be my main computer for the next 2 years. After that, the MM will become a little server for the purpose of our family needs (musics, photos, and sharing). So, I don't have a big budget but I can go up to 800$ for my MM if it is necessary. I will use it for common stuff like Internet, iphoto, iMovie and iWork suite. My question is about witch one of the 599$ or the 799$ will be a good configuration for the next 4-5 years considering my needs.

Is the Intel HD 4000 graphic will be able to do the job for all of these years. I should waiting for the next generation of the Mac Mini but nothing appears to come soon.

So, what is your advises?

Thanks for your support guys!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 3:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Get any mini which fits in your budget. The best thing to do would be to max out the RAM.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...agreed. But don't buy the RAM from Apple. Go to third-party suppliers, and DIY.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought my used off Amazon, but Apple refurbished has plenty too, I would buy one that supports Air Play, the older models do not support it. Like mine..

http://www.apple.com/airplay/
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:24 pm    Post subject: RAM Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
...agreed. But don't buy the RAM from Apple. Go to third-party suppliers, and DIY.
You are correct Apple is a plain rip off with their ram prices.Corsair or Crucial go for these names and prices are quite reasonable.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok good. By the way, are you considering that replacing the 5400 rpm hard drive by a 7200 rpm one represente a valuable upgrade.

I have the possibility to put an 500 Go Samsung 840 SSD drive inside but I had some bad experience with a Crucial M4 that failed twice during the last 8 months and now, I'm looking for stability over performence.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:03 pm    Post subject: RAM Reply with quote

squiddly wrote:
Ok good. By the way, are you considering that replacing the 5400 rpm hard drive by a 7200 rpm one represente a valuable upgrade.

I have the possibility to put an 500 Go Samsung 840 SSD drive inside but I had some bad experience with a Crucial M4 that failed twice during the last 8 months and now, I'm looking for stability over performence.

Thanks.
I have Crucial ram and never had a problem with their products.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:06 pm    Post subject: Re: RAM Reply with quote

I have Crucial ram and never had a problem with their products.

same here!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not about Crucial products but SSD drive fiability. I will probably put an another SSD drive inside my MM because of the huge benefice in performance.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 8:21 pm    Post subject: SSD Reply with quote

squiddly wrote:
It's not about Crucial products but SSD drive fiability. I will probably put an another SSD drive inside my MM because of the huge benefice in performance.

Thanks everybody!
I am sure there are quite a bit of SSD you can choose from which is reliable and not break down.Do you really think there is so much benefits in SSD?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

@marv777: Despite some issues with reliability, It's a no brainer that compare to a 5400 RPM drive, an SSD is like Flash McQueen Smile Combine to an external drive, you have speed and space. In my case, that will be the best configuration. It depend of what you do with your MM of course.
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