Yosemite on Mac Mini Early 2009 with 8GB and 1TB?

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I am currently bidding on the Mac Mini in the title and wondering how well this configuration will run Yosemite or will I have to still with Mavericks?
 
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It will run Yosemite quite well. The rule of thumb is should Mavericks be fine, Yosemite will be fine. When you get the mini, suggest creating an Apple ID if you do not have one, download Yosemite and prior to running the Installer, burn to a USB thumb drive using DiskMakerX. Bot from the thumb drive, format the hard drive and do a clean install.
 
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Yeah I will definitely want to do a clean install. They have Yosemite on it now but I watched some super stuttery videos of Yosemite on an early 2009 Mac Mini so I was a little concerned. So I should be able to use Yosemite well with this configuration?
 
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Yes you will, Yosemite will be just fine. The problem with all the later digital download operating systems is ownership always belongs to the Apple ID that downloaded it. Should you continue to use Yosemite you would not be able to get Security and General Updates which are vital with so much malware about.

When you get the Mini, get Yosemite and do as suggested. When up and running download AdwareMedic, AdBlockPlus and Ghostery to control all these nasties on the 'net. Never download anything from softonc or CNET as they are noted for this.

The Mini you watched Yosemite on could have had insufficient memory, a full hard drive and not had Onyx run over it, the best cleaning app available for Macs. Also there is a Firmware Update for that Mini, version 1.2.
 

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I'm running Yosemite on a 2008 MacBook Pro with a Core2Duo processor only a little slower than the one in that Mini. Yosemite runs fine on it. I didn't notice a speed drop compared to 10.7.5. I am running an SSD as the boot drive.
 

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