Today we’re kicking off the first episode of Building The Ultimate Mac mini. We’re going to perform a 16GB RAM upgrade to a 2012 Mac mini. Further into this series we will be upgrading to a solid-state drive and adding an addition SSD to the mini. Check out the video tutorial and see the parts list below.
Here are the parts used in this series:
- Mac mini Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 (Used in this series)
- Kingston HyperX 16GB RAM Kit
- Kingston HyperX 240GB 3K SSD
- Kingston SSDNow V300 120GB SSD
- iFixit Dual Drive Kit
- iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit
Of course, you don’t need these exact parts, but this will give you a good place to start looking if you’d like to follow along with the series. To put it into perspective, the Mac mini that we will be building totals out to $1,243 including all parts. If you wanted to order a Mac mini from Apple with roughly the same specifications (no performance difference, just dual 240GB SSDs) you’d have to shell out $1,899. That’s a difference of $656. Save yourself some money, buy the parts, and follow along.
Stay tuned for the next installment of Building The Ultimate Mac mini. On the next episode, I’ll be teaching you how to properly clone your hard drive to an SSD for an easy upgrade transition. I hope you enjoy this, and please, if you’d like me to do other “build videos” leave your suggestions in the comments section.