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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.
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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'.

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

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

E.g.
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.
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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.)

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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.
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These are your options

Mac mini - Acheter Mac mini en ligne - Apple Store (France)
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Thanks for the link. Can anyone reply to my questions concerning the screen, keyboard and mouse please ?

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What were your questions specifically?

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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 ?

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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.

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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.

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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:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Premium-HDMI.../dp/B000GDI6FC

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

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Thank your for your help. I'm clueless when it comes to computers and cables and not a fan of techie stuff.
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An HDMI-to-DVI adapter is included with the with the Mac mini. No need to buy one.

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

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