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Mac mini question

by Piotr Roshkov / January 12, 2005 12:11 PM PST

I was thinking of buying this computer. Now, on some comments about it it is mentioned that this computer is not good for gaming. Also, a G4 processor is not terribly fast. Would it be slow or just in comparison to a G5? I want to play some games like age of mythology and warcraft III with good performance, play lots of media (watch movie clips, listening to music etc), and have it on for long periods of time without overheating. Will this computer be okay for my needs? Or would it be better to opt for an Imac?

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Not a gaming machine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 12, 2005 8:19 PM PST
In reply to: Mac mini question

The lowest price unit in the lineup?

Think about it.


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RIght, but
by Piotr Roshkov / January 13, 2005 12:13 AM PST
In reply to: Not a gaming machine.

I'm not a huge gamer, just age of mythology and warcraft III, which aren't too demanding of memory. So long as I can play some media, have some good performance from the internet and stuff I'm happy, the only thing I hope is that they don't overheat as fast as a laptop.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2005 7:47 AM PST
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Go to an Apple store and test drive it.

My bet is DVD and such will play just fine (safe bet!) You may think those games are not too demanding... I think otherwise.

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Could you elaborate on that?
by Piotr Roshkov / January 13, 2005 9:09 AM PST
In reply to: Then...


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The Apple Store.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2005 10:18 AM PST

Apple Computer has its own storefronts that you can go to and try out the machines.


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by socokid / January 24, 2005 2:15 AM PST
In reply to: Mac mini question

If you have the money, the iMac is a far better machine. So as far as that, it's completely up to you and your finances.

This machine is for a very small market. Apple knows this. It's for those that want/need a cheap, headless mac. Someone that already has monitors/keyboards laying around and want to "try" Mac OS X. It's also for those that have the missing equipment pieces (keyboard/monitor) and are looking to upgrade old macs on the cheap. For that this is a GREAT machine.

With that said, this machine will play Warcraft III and Civilization just fine. You won't be able to have all of the graphics settings at maximum, but yes, they will play just fine. The problem with your logic is that you seem to suggest that Warcraft III (and the like) will be the only games you will ever want to play. If that's the case, then fine. BUT, if you plan on playing new games that are increasingly more demanding, then the G4/32MB graphics card will be more and more lacking.

Heating? If you know of a computer that will overheat due to being on too long, then let me know. The manufacturers should be dealt with severelyi. I never turn my machines off. Never.

The G5 is faster than the G4. Just look at the bus speeds and MHz. It's proportional. And you can expect about a 1.7x actual speed of x86 chips MHz ratings. So again, it's up to you.

Hope this helps.

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iMac To Mac Mini
by seedcake / March 20, 2013 7:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Mac mini question

I bought an iMac in 2007 then it developed a screen fault. Then i had a further 2 Brand new iMacs,but they turned out the same. It`s a long story.On the 4th of March 2013 i got a full refund.
I too was going to buy the new Mac Mini,but i was bitten once so I researched the Mac Mini. I have found that it has a problem with HDVI connection,and Apple has supposed to have fixed this. In one review the editor gave the thumbs down do not buy it.
At the moment i am typing this from a Mac Mini 2007 hooked up to a Samsung Monitor,and it`s working ok,but has you will know it`s very slow,and the spinning wheel of death has appeared less than i expected.
I am still making enquires about the new Mac Mini,but they all, so far are not very good due to this issue.
I would strongly advise not to buy an iMac,because they have a fault as well.

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