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    Thinking about buying a MacMini...

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    Thinking about buying a MacMini...
    First time user of this site... basically life long Mac user

    If this question is not in the appropriate forum then I apologize and please feel free to move it.

    I am looking to get a desktop, but I am currently a student so my budget is somewhat limited. I am thinking I might get the most bang for my buck going with a Mac Mini. From what I have read they do not plan on updating the mini any time soon? Pretty much just looking for some feedback on a quality "desktop" with a reasonable price tag, and some feed back on the minis.

    Thanks

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    Thinking about buying a MacMini...
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    Certainly not an "Apple Rumors & Reports" topic...thread moved to appropriate sub-forum.

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    Thinking about buying a MacMini...
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    Quote Originally Posted by auburn05 View Post
    First time user of this site... basically life long Mac user

    If this question is not in the appropriate forum then I apologize and please feel free to move it.

    I am looking to get a desktop, but I am currently a student so my budget is somewhat limited. I am thinking I might get the most bang for my buck going with a Mac Mini. From what I have read they do not plan on updating the mini any time soon? Pretty much just looking for some feedback on a quality "desktop" with a reasonable price tag, and some feed back on the minis.

    Thanks
    If you already have the Monitor and Keyboard Minis are great values. I have one that I use as a Desktop sytem.

    But, if you intend to purchase the peripherals you will probably get more bang for your buck with an iMac.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Thinking about buying a MacMini...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razormac View Post
    If you already have the Monitor and Keyboard Minis are great values. I have one that I use as a Desktop sytem.

    But, if you intend to purchase the peripherals you will probably get more bang for your buck with an iMac.
    Thanks for the reply. I have a keyboard and I was thinking about using an old 32 inch LCD tv for the monitor (is this a common thing to do?).

    But with that said, is it a good time to buy an iMac right now?

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    Thinking about buying a MacMini...
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    Quote Originally Posted by auburn05 View Post

    But with that said, is it a good time to buy an iMac right now?
    Depends. If you need a computer now...then yes...now is the time to buy.

    But if you can wait (don't ask how long, we don't know)...the iMac line is probably the next model to be upgraded by Apple.

    But regardless...if you have a tight budget...then waiting for new iMac models to be released is not a "good thing" for limited budgets...since those new iMac's will sell for top dollar.

    You're much better off shopping Apple's refurb. section...and saving a few hundred $$$ on current models.

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    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Thinking about buying a MacMini...
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    Good advice from Nick. Here is a nice system for under $1000 USD (Barely).
    Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 - Apple Store (U.S.)
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Razormac View Post
    Good advice from Nick. Here is a nice system for under $1000 USD (Barely).
    Refurbished iMac 21.5-inch 2.5GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 - Apple Store (U.S.)
    Certainly more "bang for the buck" than a Mac-Mini!

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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