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    PC5300 or PC5400? DDR2-667

    I want to update the Ram in my Mac Mini. It’s an Intel-based Mini, soon to have a Merom CPU, but I want to update the Ram while I am in there. I just really want to know what the best notebook Ram is, what would work best with a Merom 7600ES? So who's got some recommendations for me? I know you all have an opinion.
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    I know the MacBooks PC5300

    27" iMac
    3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
    8GB DDR3
    1TB HDD + 2TB Ext + 1TB Ext
    ATI HD 4670 256MB

    20" iMac
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    2GB+1GB G.Skill DDR2
    320GB HDD
    ATI HD 2600 Pro 256MB

    16GB iPhone 3GS

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    Both will work. I'd go with the cheaper.

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    i know it's 5300, and i believe that 5400 can go in it too, but what brand/model would be best? muskin, corsair, ocz?
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    MacBookPro:2.33 Ghz Core2Duo:2GB DDR2:250GB 7200RPM

    Mac Mini 1.5 core solo with a 2.33Ghz Merom, 2GB's of Muskin ram and a 250GB WD HDD

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    Maybe I'm wrong, but I think notebook mem is pretty much a commodity product and performs pretty much equally between brands. I also think youre limited to a select few brands. Therefore I'd let price be your first guide, or perhaps warranty, RMA ease, personal prefrence, as voltage, timings, etc are pretty generic/irrelevant AFAIU.

    I personally have 9 mini's (6 of them meroms) all with 2gb of the cheapest DDR2 667 I could find, and they have performed flawlessly under 24x7 load with uptimes greater than a month now.

    Sorry I wasnt able to help more, maybe someone will come along with a more informed opinion and recommendation.

    -SS

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShootStraight
    Maybe I'm wrong, but I think notebook mem is pretty much a commodity product and performs pretty much equally between brands. I also think youre limited to a select few brands. Therefore I'd let price be your first guide, or perhaps warranty, RMA ease, personal prefrence, as voltage, timings, etc are pretty generic/irrelevant AFAIU.

    I personally have 9 mini's (6 of them meroms) all with 2gb of the cheapest DDR2 667 I could find, and they have performed flawlessly under 24x7 load with uptimes greater than a month now.

    Sorry I wasnt able to help more, maybe someone will come along with a more informed opinion and recommendation.

    -SS
    9 MINIS! Damn..why so many? Business use or home use?

    27" iMac
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    20" iMac
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    2GB+1GB G.Skill DDR2
    320GB HDD
    ATI HD 2600 Pro 256MB

    16GB iPhone 3GS

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    Cute, compact, consistent and stable crunching monsters

    And, yeah, just get the cheapest DDR2-667 SODIMMs you can find for your desired capacity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ugp
    9 MINIS! Damn..why so many? Business use or home use?
    Quote Originally Posted by Vapor
    Cute, compact, consistent and stable crunching monsters
    That pretty much sums it up. I might only add that they are extremely low-power as well. That, and the wife thinks they help amplify the wireless internet.

    -SS

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    dude, thats nice, wish i had nine, or money for nine, lol. well, if you say go cheap. i'll go cheap, thanks

    Oh and SS, you got any addvice for a first time mac mini jober?
    Core i7 940:Asus Rampage II:HIS ATI 5870:6GB (3 x 2GB):2 x 1.5TB:2 x 750GB: assorted 200-500GB drives:CoolerMaster HAF932:Thermalright IFX-14

    MacBookPro:2.33 Ghz Core2Duo:2GB DDR2:250GB 7200RPM

    Mac Mini 1.5 core solo with a 2.33Ghz Merom, 2GB's of Muskin ram and a 250GB WD HDD

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    Quote Originally Posted by psyconut713
    Oh and SS, you got any addvice for a first time mac mini jober?
    I presume you mean the chip upgrade.

    I would recommend you read Fuggers post and the links he provides till you are familar with it.

    I would recommend you have a book, notepad, couple of jewel cases, or something else to put underneath the HD/DVD assembly when you remove it and flip it over to expose the mobo. It will help provide some slack for the (sound) ribbon cable, so that it wont shear off if any forces are applied to it accidentally (Yes I sheared one off).

    I would also recommend to take care in removing the heatsink retainer pins (white plastic jobbers) as they will lose their retainment barb. If you do break one - Its gonna happen - a 1" #4 Machine screw (nonconductive washers too) and nut will fit the bill nicely. Dont lose the little springs. If you do, a spring from a spare 'clickable' ball point pen will work. When you are removing the pins, make sure to place your finger over the pin you are working on. The spring will shoot the pin back too far and will break the barbed head off.

    HTH. If you run into problems just post em.

    -SS

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    Shootstraight sell me 1 of those macminis

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    Up to 12 minis now 11 of em Meroms.

    -SS

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