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mini - 1.42GHz G4 vs 1.66 Intel CD


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Well, i've barely had my Mini for a week, but i'm a bit curious.

My machine is a G4, 1.42GHz, 80GB HD, 512MB RAM. Superdrive, airport/bluetooth. I came across a place that's selling the base model Intel CD (1.66) Mini with $100 rebate, making it $499. I'm wondering if I should upgrade to an Intel machine or not.

My Mini is loaded with MS Office, iLife '06, Front Row, and a few more goodies, and i'm thinking i'd probably have to kick in $100 or so for the Intel machine after selling this G4.

Any opinions as to whether or not this is worth it? I'd be giving up 20GB of space and a superdrive in exchange for an Intel processor, better video card, more USB ports, and some other stuff (remote, audio in). What's the performance difference between these 2 machines? Would that $100 be better spent maxing out the RAM on my machine?

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Why not keep the G4. Looks like it's fast enough for everthing you are running. And I find disk space quite important. So why give up 20gig of that for a 100$ more. Spend the money on some RAM for your G4. That would really make a difference...

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It depends on the reasons why you need an Intel processor. I say stick with the computer you have now, but if speed is an issue, you can compare them here:
http://www.systemshootouts.org/processors.html
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Minis should be due to get the Core 2 sometime this year, so maybe wait?
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Sounds like i'll be hanging on to my machine and just maxing the RAM out. I haven't spent a lot of time with the CD Mini to compare it to mine, but it sounds like the general consensus is that the base spec machine isn't light years ahead just yet.

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