As my primary computer, a first generation Intel Core Duo Black MacBook, starts to struggle in keeping up with my ever growing iPhoto collection a new Mac was on the horizon.
Earlier in the year when the new updated unibody Mac Mini was released, I was really tempted to get it as a media computer in the living room. However, a good deal on a used early 2009 Mac Mini was a better choice. It was half the price and had an upgraded ram of 4 gb memory but with a slower processor and graphics card. Functionality would not be much different but I would have extra cash in my pocket.
The iMac’s were tempting compared to the Mac Minis as once the screen, keyboard and mouse are included, the prices will be comparable. Plus the iMac would still be faster based on the specifications. Although I did not have a spare or old LCD screen, I did have a spare apply keyboard and mouse.
What swayed me to purchase the Mac Mini was it’s minuscule power consumption and Snow Leopard Server that came with the Server model. I would now be able to tinker with and setup a server and small home/ office network.
Now that the Mac Mini has arrived, it’s time to get an LCD monitor and start planning the network setup. The Mac Mini Server will store Time Machine backups of all the rest of the macs and act as a file server. It will also be setup to host email and websites for a start.
Performance wise, the two internal hard drives will be setup as a Raid 0. It will have the full 1 terabyte of storage and be faster for sequential read and write. However, failure rate is higher than Raid 0 where both hard drives are a mirror of each other.
An external 1.5 terabyte hard disk will be connected as a time machine backup. This could be alternated with another hard disk to be stored off site.
The memory is upgraded to the maximum 8 gb from the standard 4 gb in the Mac Mini Server edition and 2 gb compared to the stock Mac Mini.