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Most 'economical' way to go, 2012 i7 for Recording

 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:34 pm    Post subject: Most 'economical' way to go, 2012 i7 for Recording Reply with quote

Hi, cool to find this site and appreciate your time.

I need to move up from a dual core '07 IMac and am set on a 2012
Mini i7 as my studio's main machine.

Bit of a budget limitation on this so am trying to find the cheapest way to get the configuration i have in mind. Mini is ideal for near-field recording with its near-silent operation. That and it still supports Firewire, +I need the Quad horsepower for newer OSX audio apps.

Typically running multiple apps, email client, browser at once.

Have been considering this config: 2012 i7, with an SSD internal HD and 16g maxed ram.

Is the best route to basically try and find the best price on the 'base' (1tb HD) model - new/refurb/used - and then shop for/install the SSD and RAM
to replace the stock HD/Memory? Just wanted to make sure i'm not missing something obvious before i move ahead with that plan...

Thanks!

Mike in Mich
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

monitoring the Apple refurb site is a good way to snap up a good deal.
Apple refurbs are always as good as new, and come with full Apple warranties and qualify for extended AppleCare.

The best way to keep on top of the constantly changing refurb inventory is with something like this...
http://www.refurb.me/us/

And yes you are correct, do your own upgrades, with the aide of the many DIY tutorials available on the web if necessary.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with JB, refurbs are usually as good as new and occasionally have some additional options added free of charge, such as larger HDD or more Memory than specified.

In early 2010 I snapped up a Late 2009 2.53Ghz Mac Mini as a refurb just as the new 2010 models came out and I got it for a good price. The Mini is still going strong. Smile I wouldn't think twice about grabbing another refurb if the price was right.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, yes refurb is definitely the way i'd prefer (unless a new one falls from the sky and lands in my lap of course; ).

Have gotten some nice AppleStore clearance buys on other Macs in years past - refurbMe site is really great. Thanks for the link!
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