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I came accost a brand new mac mini about a week ago for a very low price  :grin:  And ive been thinking of upgrading this thing so today  i was on newegg and just bought some parts for it.

Current Specs:

1.83GHz Intel Core Duo 667Mhz FSB 2MB Cache

512MB Ram

80GB 5400rpm Hard Drive

I'm Adding:

2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo 667Mhz FSB 4MB Cache http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819111302

2GB DDR Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820231104

100GB 7200rpm Hard Drive http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822146226

From what ive read this should be faster then the $2000 24" IMac, and MacBook Pro for 1/2 the price. I'll take pictures of the install tommarow when i get all the parts, and let you all know how much faster it is.

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New Mac Books

As predicted, Apple released revised MacBooks today. The modest updates include faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives:

Apple® today updated its MacBook® consumer notebooks with faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 1GB of memory and larger hard drives in every model. The MacBook is just one-inch thin and features built-in 802.11n wireless networking for up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g.* Every MacBook also includes a built-in iSight® video camera for on-the-go video conferencing, Apple's MagSafe® Power Adapter that safely disconnects when under strain, and iLife® '06, Apple's award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.

- 2.0GHz, 13.3" White MacBook, 80GB, 1GB RAM, Intel Graphics 950, $1099

- 2.16GHz, 13.3" White MacBook, 120GB, 1GB RAM. Intel Graphics 950, $1299

- 2.16GHz, 13.3" Black MacBook, 160GB, 1GB RAM, Intel Graphics 950, $1499

The new Apple laptops are available at the Apple Store U.S. (U.K. Store)

Source: http://www.macrumors.com/2007/05/15/apple-releases-new-macbooks/

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i'd be careful with that mac mini upgrade. keep a close eye on the heat. one reason the mac mini is so good for home theater stuff is that it is vewy vewy quiet. and that is because it doesn't have much in the way  of cooling.

If you have never opened one you would be surprised the cooling is actually really good. The fan in side is no joke its about 3 times bigger then a standard laptop and build really well. There is plenty of room for air flow, and it is actually channeled to pull air from the bottom on all 4 sides then over everything and out the back.

I used a program to control the fan speed and it can go to 5600rpm no problem, at 3000rpm i can still barely hear it. 5600rpm and it sounds like a standard desktop. normal is 1500rpm and you don't here it at all.

at 1500rpm it runs about 47c-58c depending on what you are doing so heat wont be a problem. 

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