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*sigh* ok, how does this look?


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* 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
* 120GB Serial ATA drive
* SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
* Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Set - U.S. English
* iWork '06 preinstalled
* Mac OS X - U.S. English
* 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
* Intel GMA950 graphics
* Accessory kit

My only fears are the small storage size and the graphics core.
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Beautiful. What would you be using this for? If you edit video then you may want to add a larger HD but otherwise that seems good enough. The Graphics, in my opinion, are terrible because I've used several Intel integrated graphics sets and I've had bad experiences with all of them.
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Unfortunately, those are the maximum specs for the Mini. No larger hard drive or better graphics offered.
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What is the accessory kit?
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Why not do the upgrades yourself? The Mini is fairly upgradable, all you need is a putty knife. Apple has outrageous RAM prices...

I'd use Windows... but I like the Mac OS more.
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Don't forget that you could always use a large external hard drive as your primary.
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Specifications
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* 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM - 2x1GB
* 120GB Serial ATA drive
* SuperDrive 8x (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
* Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Set - U.S. English
* iWork '06 preinstalled
* Mac OS X - U.S. English
* 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo
* Intel GMA950 graphics
* Accessory kit

My only fears are the small storage size and the graphics core.
looks good to me, since it is the same thing i have :biohazard

-minus the Accessory Kit.

From a G4 400MHz to an Intel Mac Mini to iMac Core Duo to a Macbook Pro 2.6GHz.............gotta love Apple!
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what is the accessory kit?

Mac Pro (Early 2009) 8 Core 2.26 GHz, 6 GB Ram, 640 GB Drive. Dell 2408WFP.
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I am not sure what the accessory kit is. It is not an option - it automatically comes with it. So, how would one configure an external hard drive as the primary, and would it be slow?
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I am not sure what the accessory kit is. It is not an option - it automatically comes with it. So, how would one configure an external hard drive as the primary, and would it be slow?
When you get your Mini, plug in the external drive.

Put the OS X install DVD that came with your mini into the disc drive.

Hold down "C" to boot from a disc.

Install OS X on your external drive.

Go into System Preferences and click on "Startup Disc".

Select the external drive.

Reboot.

You can still use the Mini's drive to store things, and of course the external as well. The benefits of the external drive are the cost (usually cheaper than upgrading from Apple) and speed (you can get many drives in much faster/ larger configurations than what is offered by the Mini).

I'd use Windows... but I like the Mac OS more.
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Get a Ministack and use it as the boot drive:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ministack/

$310 = 400gb 7200rpm boot drive. Use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to clone the internal drive to the external drive, then use to_tough_to_die's instructions for booting from it. That's it! If you're interesting in cracking the case open and doing the upgrades yourself, I have lots of information in my upgrade thread over here:

DIY: Trick out your Intel Mini
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Get a Ministack and use it as the boot drive:

http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/ministack/

$310 = 400gb 7200rpm boot drive. Use Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper to clone the internal drive to the external drive, then use to_tough_to_die's instructions for booting from it. That's it! If you're interesting in cracking the case open and doing the upgrades yourself, I have lots of information in my upgrade thread over here:

DIY: Trick out your Intel Mini
*Lightbulb* Stupid self, I forgot Carbon Copy! Thanks for catching that.

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Wow that sounds great! Thanks. My only remaining question is, will the fact that the Mini has to access the drive through firewire or usb make it slower?
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Wow that sounds great! Thanks. My only remaining question is, will the fact that the Mini has to access the drive through firewire or usb make it slower?
No, it shouldn't. If anything, a faster drive (7200 or 10,000 RPM) will be better for booting and load faster.

I'd use Windows... but I like the Mac OS more.
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