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Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: November 16, 2006 11:57PM
For Christmas I like to put together a system for Mom & Dad. I'm thinking Dell 20 widescreen monitor and a Mac Mini. My wife is a teacher so an education discount is an option. What is the best route for the best deal. They won't be playing Doom on it, but they also won't be replacing it anytime soon. Help me put together a good system for them at the best price. What's best? Amazon? Apple? I found this deal at dealmac on a 20" Dell Widescreen monitor
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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: November 16, 2006 11:58PM
OK, slight hitch on the monitor...I can't seem to get the thing into my cart. Dell won't let me buy it...



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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 17, 2006 12:07AM
dell definitely plays games on price so keep an eye on dealmac.

go for a refurb mini.

don't forget to add some ram.



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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 17, 2006 12:08AM
or consider a 17" imac.



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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: November 17, 2006 12:10AM
Why not just get a refurb 20" iMac? The cost ends up being pretty close. It is more future proof even if you are stuck with the LCD tied to the hardware.



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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: vision63
Date: November 17, 2006 12:19AM
I just might get them Doom for Christmas.
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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: November 17, 2006 12:27AM
Is there an issue with adding RAM to an Intel Mini as an end-user? Do I remember correctly that it is something Apple requires an authorized servicer to do?
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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: November 17, 2006 12:31AM
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ztirffritz
OK, slight hitch on the monitor...I can't seem to get the thing into my cart. Dell won't let me buy it...

Meh. Their site is illin'.
Just call.





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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 17, 2006 12:39AM
new minis are very hard to crack open to add ram... and you want at least 1 gig

oh, and u might want to wait -- i would bet the minis get a core 2 duo chip soon, much faster

dells are nice, but samsungs are nicer...same price

a 20" iMac -- refurb or not ($150 rebates at amazon, no tax) -- is much more mac for the $





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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: November 17, 2006 12:46AM
Yeah, I leaning towards iMac now. Built in webcam piqued my interest.



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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: tuqqer
Date: November 17, 2006 08:08AM
I'll echo what others are saying, ztirffritz: go the iMac route method. It'll never be a problem to "hook up" for your parents, less cables, easy to add RAM to, built-in iSight, easier to cart around. And if you go open box, the price won't be much different.



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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 17, 2006 08:44AM
I bought a refurb mini for mom. Am I best with the DVI HannasG 17" that is around for $80 AR or is it worth waiting for a better deal for the same size.?
Nearest thing currently is an analog Viewsonic with 8ms response instead of 12ms.
Both 3 years warranty (FWIW)
Don't think 85 year old moms eyes are moving that fast.



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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: TLB
Date: November 17, 2006 08:51AM
I just bought a refurb mini for my 74 year old Dad. He's been running a G4-466 DA for years. I was leaning toward an iMac, but I already bought him a 19" Hann-g during the summer when his Apple Studio Display finally died. If you don't have an investment in a monitor, I'd go with the iMac.
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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: raz
Date: November 17, 2006 09:01AM
I went with the mini+monitor route for my 70 y.o. Mom. The 19" monitors have the same pixel count as the 17s, and the larger pixels are a consideration for older eyes.

Without that, I probably would have gone with the iMac.



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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: November 17, 2006 09:18AM
iMac 20"
Easy RAM upgrade/
Easy/Cheaper/Faster HD upgrade. Remember, HD in mini is a notebook drive.
Dual monitor capable.
iSight
You can mount the iMac on a VESA mount monitor arm, looks cool as hell.

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Re: Help me build a MacMini package for Mom&Dad
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 17, 2006 12:29PM
and then I thought about it and just arranged for a return before the mini arrived.
I'll get mom a 17" iMac.



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