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I am really eager to buy a mac (for the last three friggin years in fact) and the mac mini seems like the straw that has broken the preverbial camel of resistance.

I would be using it to predominantly for GarageBand 2 (around 10 to 12 tracks - using guitar, loops, some VST stuff, etc) and iMovie/iDVD (50 minute "movies"). Has anyone used the mac mini to do the above? Is it do able? How does the performance compare to the other mac's?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

P.s - have been reading the forum the last couple of days, My thanks go out to everyone. Your posts have been really informative.
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I don't have one but as long as you have at least 512 ram (1gb ideally) you should be fine on the system

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I am really eager to buy a mac (for the last three friggin years in fact) and the mac mini seems like the straw that has broken the preverbial camel of resistance.

I would be using it to predominantly for GarageBand 2 (around 10 to 12 tracks - using guitar, loops, some VST stuff, etc) and iMovie/iDVD (50 minute "movies"). Has anyone used the mac mini to do the above? Is it do able? How does the performance compare to the other mac's?
"Camel of resistance"... Now there is one I haven't heard before... and yes, I think the Mac Mini may do that sucker in for a lot of people mired in the Pc world.

Doing graphics and music is the Mac's "Thing". I don't own a mini, but I have spent a little time playing with one and I am quite surprised at how well they work. The one i played with still had the 256 memory, yet it opens programs very well and seems quite nice. The first thing i would do with it is upgrade the memory to 512. With that much i think you would be pleased with its performance.

As for its performance, I find it compairs quite well to the majority of laptops I have seen. It is a G4 laptop inside basicly. A 1.2 processor or a 1.4 with a laptop hard drive, so don't expect it to match a G5 iMac or a Power Mac G5 of any configuration. Quite a bit of bang for the buck...
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I have an iMac 17" with a 1ghz G4 and 512MB of ram. Garage Band 2 is fine, however it is a little choppy. I imagine recording 12 tracks at once would be an overhaul. However, if you just record 4 at once, it will probably go smoothly.

iDVD runs fine. Burns fine too.

iMovie is ok. It's a little doggy if you're playing back video in a transistion. Also, crunch times in iMovie for the transitions and effects are a little doggyer than say a 1.5ghz. It's up to you.

Spend $500 and get a machine that does the same as mine (250mhz doesnt make or break any of those apps.) or save up and buy an older G5. You could get a G5 that was made back in 2003 for about $1000 now.

Hope this helped put things in prospective.
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Your help was appreciated.
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