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    Hello !
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    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'.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Buc021 View Post

    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 ?

    Thanks !

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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.

    Thanks.

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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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