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Worth it?: 1.25 dual G4 to Mac mini?
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Aug 30, 2007, 11:04 AM
 
Right now I'm in college and I really hate having to move this huge dual 1.25 mdd g4 tower back and forth between my home and my dorm every vacation break.

I already have a really nice new samsung widescreen, and I think its about time I jump in and get a new intel mac.

How much faster is the mac mini going to be?
I will mostly use it for photoshop, illustrator, torrents, web browsing, and music

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Aug 30, 2007, 11:20 AM
 
Will you upgrade ps and ill to universal versions? If not, then potentially not very much faster.
     
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Aug 30, 2007, 11:43 AM
 
What I would do would be to get a Macbook. It's more powerful than the mini, it's portable, and you can still hook it up to that external monitor when you're at home.

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Aug 30, 2007, 11:53 AM
 
the macbook isn't that much 'more powerful' than the mini (seeing that the top end mini is the same as the low end macbook), although i do agree with its portability being a big plus
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Aug 30, 2007, 12:31 PM
 
Sounds like a good solution - it looks like it's the portability, not the speed, that you really want anyway.
     
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Aug 30, 2007, 12:49 PM
 
I already have a PowerBook G4 12" 1.5ghz, but I know its hd is going to fail me soon. I like having a desktop and a portable.

I would upgrade the adobe apps to their universal versions.

I just figure I can sell the powermac for around 400-500 and exchange it for a faster mac mini? Will I be disappointed by mac mini performance though? I heard the hard drive is not very fast.
     
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Aug 30, 2007, 01:13 PM
 
I personally wouldn't use either the Mac Mini or MacBook for graphics work since the graphics cards use shared memory. Maybe they would be fine, but the older Mac Mini I use isn't great on the graphics. The newer ones could be better though.
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Aug 30, 2007, 01:54 PM
 
Are you a long way from an Apple Store? Go play with one.
     
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Aug 30, 2007, 04:11 PM
 
if you have a powerbook for mobile use, the mac mini is a no brainer unless you could spring for an imac and ditch your monitor or get a mac pro and keep the monitor.
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Aug 30, 2007, 07:53 PM
 
I really love the monitor, and I as much as I love the new iMacs, I don't think I can spring the extra cash right now.

I guess I'll go with the mac mini

thank you everyone for your input.
     
   
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