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    This might not be a horrible thought. Gives me some portability in that with I can just take the mini and borrow a monitor.

    If I BTO a Mini to this... it should work good.

    2.6GHz Quad-core i7 $100.00
    8 GB Memory $100
    1 TB Fussion drive $250.00
    Wireless keyboard $49.00

    A $1,298.00 Mac mini without a screen.

    I've found a few decent looking 24" monitors for under $300. So still $1,600.00 Tempting.

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    You know, if you don't care about transfer rates on backups, I would very seriously convincer checking out a refurbished iMac 3.4 Ghz intel Core i7 with the 256 SSD drive. for less than 2100.00 you get the SSD & and 1GB video card. I think for money it's a really sweet machine. If there is ever a Thunderbolt Burly, and there most likely will be, someday (sorry Rick, just kidding) you don't care about USB3. The thing is you have to check the Apple Store very frequently to find one. I've seen a few lately. Seems they are waiting until their inventory drops to put out the new ones. Or something.

    Though the mini is pretty nice. I like Damien's set up, very nice.

    If you check out below, I'm suggesting purely from my experience :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    This might not be a horrible thought. Gives me some portability in that with I can just take the mini and borrow a monitor.

    If I BTO a Mini to this... it should work good.

    2.6GHz Quad-core i7 $100.00
    8 GB Memory $100
    1 TB Fussion drive $250.00
    Wireless keyboard $49.00

    A $1,298.00 Mac mini without a screen.

    I've found a few decent looking 24" monitors for under $300. So still $1,600.00 Tempting.
    I have a 2.7ghz core i7 mini with a 500GB SSD and a 512gb spinny drive, 8gb ram. I was moving up from my 3.06 core2duo iMac and until I got the SSD in there it definitely felt slower for drive dependent operations. Noticeably faster for number crunching tho. All in all I am very happy with it, had it about 10 months.

    Ram is really easy to install, hard drives are not very easy but easier than the iMac I came from.

    I wonder why Apple slowed the top speed i7 down from 2.7 to 2.6 ghz?
    Damien,

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    You know, if you don't care about transfer rates on backups,
    I don't care about external transfer rates.
    I was moving up from my 3.06 core2duo iMac and until I got the SSD in there it definitely felt slower for drive dependent operations
    I am running a 2.66 Core2Duo iMac. I know that hard drive would take a big hit and I defiantly want faster.

    I have reasons that would make each a good choice. I best watch the refurbished ... they do have deals.

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    Default Hummmm

    Refurbished iMac 27-inch 2.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5
    Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

    Originally released May 2011
    27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics with 512MB memory

    Built-in FaceTime HD camera

    TBolt, FW and USB 2. $1,359.00 - tough to turn down.
    Last edited by rwm; 11-24-2012 at 12:45 PM. Reason: no you don't keep an optical drive

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    Refurbished Mac mini with Lion Server 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    Eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Program

    Originally released July 2011
    8GB memory

    256GB Solid State Drive
    Thunderbolt port with support for up to 2560-by-1600 resolution
    HDMI port with support for up to 1920-by-1200 resolution
    Intel HD Graphics 3000

    $1,099.00 - with an SSD Just do it.

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    I still use my CD/DVD some. So with the refurb I have it. A new mini or new iMac and it's gone.
    External transfer speeds with FW and USB 2 are fine because my transfers are small. - I have no big need for fast, fast USB 3
    A brand new bigger faster CPU sounds good but I don't need or use that much CPU power.

    The refurbished 27" iMac would kick my current iMac it's called a Core2Duo bad. Later, I could add memory and an SSD and it should last a real long time then.

    So a refurbished 27" $1,358 vs. wait on new $1,799 that's $440 bucks saved. The cool new looks awesome but darn... right now the older seems a better fit… a plenty fast.

    The main plus to a mac mini is portability.

    Randy
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    One thought. Not to scare you, but seen alot of 2099-2010 iMacs with failed super drives. Lemons, I guess. I think they are too thin, too frail, and too expensive. I like to have a cheap, rugged, external for occasional use.

    I never worry about broken optical drives or stuck disks now.

    Easy and cheap add on for a non-optical mini, like the previous server model. Just not as pretty on the desk, and something else to plug/unplug and fiddle with.
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    The 27" refurb here even though 2011 is probably the same optical drive I assume?

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    Damn, I can think of reasons to do any of my 3 choices. new, refub, maxed mini... time.

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    I have never had an internal optical drive from apple that I liked. Always slow.. I have 2 external opticals on my mini, a plextor uber fast drive and an LG blu-ray writer
    Damien,

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    Yes, another reason for a screaming mac mini besides portability. or wait for new.

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    Randy, I feel your pain!

    I went from G5+23" Cinema Display to 2.7 Core i7 Mini with my existing 23" display. That was a no-brainer since I already had the display and the other peripherals.

    The Mini is an awesome piece of kit!

    I half wish that my display had gotten toasted when my UPS fried the psu's of my G5 and ACD, that would have justified a new T/bolt display!

    The Mini is the biz right now for me. Now I'm going to cool my jets and let T/bolt mature, if it will.

    The Mini just rocks right now.

    If I need an optical drive, I use the resurrected G5's! OK! I'm lucky!
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    Arrow I think I it's time...

    It's a BTO Mac Mini...

    2.6GHz Quad-core i7 $100.00
    8 GB Memory $100
    1 TB Fusion drive $250.00
    Wireless keyboard $49.00

    A $1,298.00 Mac mini. Fast, USB 3, TBolt, portable

    I'll think on this while I look for a 27" monitor or smaller for better quality.

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    No web cam on the mini and I do use that. Hard to find an Apple quality monitor for 300 bucks.

    The Refurb's looking good again... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeungfeng
    I would very seriously convincer checking out a refurbished iMac 3.4 Ghz intel Core i7 with the 256 SSD drive. for less than 2100.00 you get the SSD & and 1GB video card.
    It's there again this morning. Darn, a lot of money but a lot of computer.

    A 256 SSD. My entire hard drive OS, Data only 100GB so it would all fit on the SSD.
    1 GB of video - sweet

    I dunno.

    --->It's gone at 12.30 MST, Hate to spend that much but dang, if only had USB 3 which now I don't need... but 3 years.
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    The mini sounding good again. Then thinking to get a 24" ish size monitor with thoughts to get a second if needed later.

    I'll pull the trigger one day here.

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    Default Thoughts on a 24" monitor? I'm leaning towards a mini

    Will a 24" 1920x1200 (16:10) look better than 1920x1080 (16:9)

    There's a HP x2401

    This Dell U2412M

    Another Dell here it's a 1920x1080 most are.

    A ViewSonic VA2406m-LED

    Another HP ZR2440w

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    Wish I knew how to help with this. Over the years got lazy and bought a lot of Apple monitors. Takes the time spent on studying the alternatives down to nothing.

    Used to have more money than time. Nowadays it seems I have neither

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    It's tough thinking about parting with the iMac's screen... hence my waiting.

    Funds are tighter these days... and I really think 27" is to big - a new 24" iMac would have been sweet.

    and yes time where does it go. I can just wait for the new 21.5" iMac and get a second monitor for it also.

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