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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 10th Jun 17, 8:13 PM
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    How much ram does a Mac mini have/ how much ram does the cheapest iMac have?
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    • 10th Jun 17, 8:13 PM
    How much ram does a Mac mini have/ how much ram does the cheapest iMac have? 10th Jun 17 at 8:13 PM
    Howdy!
    I have a 10 year old Mac mini , which I will keep for old stuff .its obviously very slow and I managed to update it as far as snow leopard .(wow!)
    However, the time has come to get with the times and find something that has enough ram on it , as well as enough hard drive space.
    I understand the hard drive side of things, and even the external hard drives etc. However , I want to be able to run music applications without any sluggishness whatsoever .
    I have iPads and iPhone etc. But want something that will let me add one or two things over time without the beach ball of death appearing etc. So it's the ram I'm worried about . Apple don't seem to list it like they used to, or it's me not seeing it .
    I have Apple wireless keyboard and mouse. I have an old monitor which does not have hdmi , which is why I mentioned iMac .

    Please advise

    Thanks
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    • macman
    • By macman 11th Jun 17, 9:57 AM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 9:57 AM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 9:57 AM
    It's shown under 'memory' on the tech specs page for each product.
    https://www.apple.com/uk/imac/specs/
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    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 11th Jun 17, 10:16 AM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 10:16 AM
    There are new 21 inch iMacs out in the last week, so now is a good time to buy.

    Unfortunately Apple appear to have abandoned the mini, a new one cant be recommended as its still years old technically speaking. I also believe (only skimmed the announcements) that the new 21 inch lets you upgrade memory rather than have to take Apples, which previously was only possible on the 27. A few years ago I bought a 27inch and upgraded the memory myself.

    You should be able verify that self-upgrade somewhere like macforums.

    EDIT: You cant upgrade it (well, you can but not without serious dissasembly unlike the 27 inch where you can simply open up a panel).
    Last edited by AnotherJoe; 11-06-2017 at 10:52 AM.
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    • By another casualty 11th Jun 17, 11:54 AM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 11:54 AM
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    Wow! Thanks for that guys .
    I understand now . Apparently , if I get the memory 8gb or above, then all should be fine and dandy . That's the thing with Apple, you always hang on for ' annoncements' as to what they're gonna do next.
    Yes, I've heard rumours about Mac mini being discontinued .
    It wouldn't surprise me if all computers go touch screen like iPads.
    The good thing about my old Mac mini , is that it has a CD/ DVD player built in . Handy for the old stuff .i
    I think the way forward though is to start buying music concerts on iTunes / downloads.
    Anyway , I'm rambling now, but you've answered my question .
    I will buy a new iMac
    Thanks

    Forgot to ask :'8gb configurable to 16gb' . Any ideas. ?
    Last edited by another casualty; 11-06-2017 at 11:59 AM.
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    • By coffeehound 11th Jun 17, 12:00 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 12:00 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 12:00 PM
    Another use for your old Mac mini is they make nice dedicated music players because apparently they're well electrically-screened and don't put a lot of noise on the music signal.
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    • By were 11th Jun 17, 12:04 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 12:04 PM
    I know nothing about Macs, but seen this today, and it may be of use, or not.
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Apple-iMac-27-A1312-Mid-2010-Core-i5-Quad-Core-2-80GHz-8GB-Ram-1TB-HDD-Warranty-/322539914570?hash=item4b18e0854a
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    • By another casualty 11th Jun 17, 12:06 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 12:06 PM
    Thanks for that
    My plan is to buy new ftom John Lewis . 2 year guarantee etc .
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    • By another casualty 11th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
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    • 11th Jun 17, 12:14 PM
    Just found the answer to the other ram question.
    For an extra £180 I get upgraded 16 gb from 8gb
    Thanks
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 11th Jun 17, 12:19 PM
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    £180 for 8gb ram ??
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    • By another casualty 11th Jun 17, 12:36 PM
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    £180 for 8gb ram ??
    Originally posted by JJ Egan
    Yes , I think so. It makes the memory 16 instead of 8 . Not cheap
    • 20aday
    • By 20aday 11th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
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    The last Mac Mini with user accessible RAM was released in 2012.

    I had the late 2014 model and the RAM was soldered and you had to upgrade via the online store.
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    • Im just careful
    • By Im just careful 11th Jun 17, 2:15 PM
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    Reconsider the Mac Mini
    Personally I would buy a 2012 model with upgradable RAM.

    I bought one second hand (£250), upgraded from 4GB to 16GB for less than £100 and I find it super.

    Fitting the new RAM is the worlds simplest job.

    The bottom is made to remove and the RAM clips out (to remove the old) and clips in (to fit the new).

    All the bits you have will still work.

    Restore a time machine backup of the old one and you have the same machine but much brisker !
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    • By Im just careful 11th Jun 17, 2:19 PM
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    One other thought, I have a Mac Book of a similar generation to your mini.

    That was transformed by fitting an SSD. It was previously considerably improved by more RAM (up to the 2GB limit for that model in my case).

    Buy a second hand mini to replace your one then think about what to do with the old one.
    • johndough
    • By johndough 11th Jun 17, 3:05 PM
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    Hi

    Crucial quote....Your Apple Mac mini (Early 2006) system specs as shipped: memory

    • Maximum Memory:2GB; Slots:2 (2 banks of 1)
    Your Apple Mac mini (Early 2009) system specs as shipped: memory

    • Maximum Memory:8GB: Slots:2 (2 banks of 1)
    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 11th Jun 17, 4:33 PM
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    Keep the mini as a CD player.
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