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

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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 ).

SSD from OWC = $145

WD hard drive = $120

Drive Caddy = $10

Edimax 802.11ac USB wifi stick = $20

Mushkin 4 gb RAM kit = $58
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