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Bite an Apple 02-17-2013 02:47 AM

Hello !
:D Hello. I'm a newbie who is interested in purchasing a Mac but don't know where to start.
Any adivse would be greatly appreciated.

mrplow 02-17-2013 03:43 AM

Welcome to the forum.

Like any purchase you have consider what you'll use it for. Give us a few details of your 'must haves'.

Do you want a notebook or a desktop machine?
What sort of tasks would you use a computer for?
What's your rough budget?

Bite an Apple 02-17-2013 03:48 AM


Originally Posted by mrplow (Post 1496275)
Welcome to the forum. Thanks !
Like any purchase you have consider what you'll use it for. Give us a few details of your 'must haves'.

Do you want a notebook or a desktop machine? DeskWhat sort of tasks would you use a computer for? Internet, e mails and photos.What's your rough budget?

As little as possible. :)

mrplow 02-17-2013 04:04 AM

You don't say which country your from, these links are for the US store as the majority of visitors here are from the US.

The absolute cheapest way into a desktop Mac - a Mac mini, supplying your own keyboard, mouse and screen:
Mac mini - Buy Mac mini Computers - Apple Store (U.S.)

Cheapest, desktop, all-in-one Mac 21.5" iMac
iMac - New iMac Desktop Computers - Apple Store (U.S.)

Keeping in mind these two types of machine you can look to the refurb store to shave the price down a little more:
Refurbished Mac Computers - Refurbished Notebooks & Desktop Computers - Apple Store (U.S.)

Bite an Apple 02-17-2013 04:15 AM

I live in France. I have a Philips screen a Fujitsu siemens keyboard (not wireless) and a Logitch cordless mouse. I'm on a very low budget and that is the reason why I'm interested in a Mac mini.

Buc021 02-17-2013 04:51 AM

These are your options

Mac mini - Acheter Mac mini en ligne - Apple Store (France)

Bite an Apple 02-18-2013 04:36 AM


Originally Posted by Buc021 (Post 1496285)

Thanks for the link. Can anyone reply to my questions concerning the screen, keyboard and mouse please ?


mrplow 02-18-2013 05:08 AM

What were your questions specifically?

Bite an Apple 02-18-2013 05:22 AM

I already have a Philipps 170x6 screen, a Fujitsi Siemens keyboard (not wireless) and a Logitech cordless mouse with a usb port. I don't have wi fi and would like to know whether I can use the material that I have with a
Maci mini ?

Thanks !

mrplow 02-18-2013 05:28 AM

The keyboard will be fine.

You'll need an HDMI to DVI-D cable to connect the screen.

Can't say if the mouse will work. Depends if its driverless (most modern wireless mice are) or of that particular model has a Mac specific driver. Impossible to say with the current information.

Bite an Apple 02-18-2013 05:33 AM

Does that mean that I just have to buy a special cable for the screen ? How can I find out whether the mouse will work ? I have just purchased it.


mrplow 02-18-2013 05:55 AM

The video out on the Mac mini is HDMI. The video input on your screen is DVI-D.
They are compatible so no signal conversion is required, simply a cable with HDMI on one end and DVI-D on the other. I can't say if you'll need to buy one....... Depends if you have one already. They aren't expensive:

As for the mouse.... I'd start on the Logitech website

Bite an Apple 02-18-2013 06:11 AM

Thank your for your help. I'm clueless when it comes to computers and cables and not a fan of techie stuff.

J.Fo 02-18-2013 01:31 PM

An HDMI-to-DVI adapter is included with the with the Mac mini. No need to buy one.

mrplow 02-18-2013 02:00 PM

Fair enough.... Then just a DVI cable required

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