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Old 01-26-2015, 09:05 PM
 
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Ok, bought one (MD388LL/A) today & have a Magic Mouse, keyboard, & an older 2011 model yr (20" Dell) monitor to hookup. But I hear of upgrades like SSD (solid state) & 4GB to 16GB? Do I really need them, if I don't download/store any video, pics or music, etc.? It is a Quad-core i7, w/ 4GB & 1 TB hard drive. Thanks for help in determining my actual needs for this unit, & any advice here to optimize any more than it is.

I never had a Mac before, so this is 1st one & unsure of how/what is needed additionally.
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:09 PM
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What are you going to do with it?

If you're going to produce 30-page magazines in InDesign and edit large images in Photoshop, that's not enough RAM. If you're using it for surfing and email and Netflix, 4GB is plenty of RAM.

Worry about the disk storage when it gets to 75% full. By then a larger internal drive or the external drive of your choice will be cheaper than it is today!
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Old 01-26-2015, 09:42 PM
 
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What are you going to do with it?

If you're going to produce 30-page magazines in InDesign and edit large images in Photoshop, that's not enough RAM. If you're using it for surfing and email and Netflix, 4GB is plenty of RAM.

Worry about the disk storage when it gets to 75% full. By then a larger internal drive or the external drive of your choice will be cheaper than it is today!
Ok on RAM then, as no need then for 16GB & thus I save $, if so. (I'm all about saving $)

What is the solid state need though? That's where everyone at Best Buy says to add? If unneeded, then again it saves me $ that I don't have.

Also, have no idea how to use or hookup monitor/mouse/keypad but hope it is easy. I'm so tech-challenged, haha.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:02 PM
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Ok on RAM then, as no need then for 16GB & thus I save $, if so. (I'm all about saving $)

What is the solid state need though? That's where everyone at Best Buy says to add? If unneeded, then again it saves me $ that I don't have.
A solid state drive (SSD) makes a computer run a bit faster and boot a lot faster. I have one on a Windows PC that does surfing + video playback and the performance difference is not huge. I have a Google Chromebook with one and the thing boots up in <10 seconds

IMO, you're better off with that 1 TB of storage than with 1/8 or 1/4 of that much storage on a SSD. Any more than 256 MB of SSD and you're paying >50%of what that Mini is worth.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:53 PM
 
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Ok Bo, then I maybe should just keep it as it is when I get it & not worry re upgrades. I didn't want to make it harder than it was, & this will keep me from buying unneeded things & wasting $. I only email, youtube, watch streaming sports, surf, etc. I didn't think I'd need anything else but Best Buy guys always tell you to add something, haha. I bought it online, not there, as they only had new 2014's & of course, no 2012's anywhere but a few online only. Thx again for your help.
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Old 01-27-2015, 02:04 AM
 
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FYI save your DVDs. Also you'll need to upgrade your 4GB to 8 if you upgrade to the latest OS named Yosemite.

SSDs are nice.
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Old 01-27-2015, 12:29 PM
 
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Ok, so as of now w/ Mavericks in it, I think, can I leave it be til it needs upgrades down the rd any time? Does it have solid state now in it now, or it that an upgrade I'd need do if I wanted later? Ha, see how lost I am on this.
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Old 01-27-2015, 03:22 PM
 
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Yosemite is a great update. Upgrade the memory. Enjoy.
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Old 01-27-2015, 06:16 PM
 
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Still unsure what this means? Isn't Mavs ok & easier to keep than to update Yosemite? Does Yosemite need more memory to update or can it be done free? Where do these Apple updates come from? I'm used to Microsoft things & having to buy them, as you needed to buy a Windows 7 if you updated from Vista, for example. Is it same for Apple products?
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:26 PM
 
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Yosemite is a free upgrade. See Apple - OS*X Yosemite - How to Upgrade
It is available for download thru the "Mac App Store", which is an application that should already exist on your Mini. You will need to establish an "Apple ID" for the Store.
See https://www.apple.com/support/mac/app-store/getstarted/ for more info. While most apps available in the Store cost $$, the Yosemite upgrade is free.

FWIW, I'm still running my mid2011 Mini on Mavericks. Will probably upgrade at some later time. I don't need any of its new features, yet.
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