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Old Jul 25, 2011, 07:37 PM   #1
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PC Equivalent (i5 2.9GHz + Blu Ray + TV tuner) to Mac Mini 2011

OK so I’m having second thoughts of buying the new mini – since finding this PC home theater equivalent

http://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-Sl.../dp/B004XZHLGE

Let me know what you think of going with this vs the new mini

OK - I know it doesn’t come with a Lion OS…
I was hoping to finally go Mac but this PC might make me happy with home theater/web/email stuff

>thanks in advance<
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 07:39 PM   #2
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Either would do the job, it's just a matter of which one you prefer.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 09:09 PM   #3
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Well you are asking this in a forum dedicated to all things Apple; what kind of response do you expect? That is a huge pc tower and it's probably built as cheaply as it looks and will not run any Mac OS ever.. other than cost I do not see any similarities between this and the mini.

But it is a matter of your preference.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 09:14 PM   #4
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it is a good deal if you want it. much larger then a mini 15 by 4 by 12 vs 7.7 by 7.7 by 2

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Old Jul 25, 2011, 09:37 PM   #5
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Pc

the downside is that it's a PC ...
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 09:48 PM   #6
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the downside is that it's a PC ...
Lol how true if it was some Mac that size with stylish design.. it would be the much coveted headless iMac and we'd all be raving!!
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Lol how true if it was some Mac that size with stylish design.. it would be the much coveted headless iMac and we'd all be raving!!
How true is that!
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 09:55 PM   #8
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The price difference with the $799 mini is negligible when you add in shipping.

The HP gives you a somewhat faster CPU (passmark 5800 to 3600), a little more RAM, and a lot more HDD in addition to bluray. Of course HP has an awful reputation for build quality and the thing is huge -- might want to check around to see how loud it is too.

And of course you get W7 which I'm becoming more and more convinced is garbage from my experiences on my new laptop.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 10:08 PM   #9
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At the risk of getting shot on this forum, for the purposes you described, that PC would be just fine. Aside from the extra work you'd need to do to get that PC to last (cleaning it of dust, maybe changing the thermal paste for good stuff that won't solidify like the stock thermal paste, and anything else to keep it cool), the noise, because I imagine this thing is much louder than the Mac Mini, and anti-virus scans (which aren't terrible if you keep yourself to a schedule), there aren't really many notable downsides to the HP, assuming you don't mind working with W7.

In losing OSX and gaining some extra tasks, you gain expandability, more RAM, a better GPU, the TV tuner, and a blu-ray drive. Yes, you can buy all but the GPU for the Mac Mini, but that'll only make it more expensive than it already is. If I were in your boots, I'd be asking for help deciding too. Luckily for me, I like OSX too much, so that limits my choices
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 10:31 PM   #10
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The trade off will always be the the OS and HP's build quality. Though it is a very nicely speced machine.
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 04:40 AM   #11
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The Slimlines are pretty huge relative to a mini. If size isn't a concern and you're fine with Windows it should be fine*. If anything MCE is supposed to be pretty nice for a HTPC setup, although I'm guessing it might not be too useful if you wanted to integrate with a bunch of Apple stuff.

*...barring my mom's old Slimline which mysteriously died one day and had some confusing sleep issue for as long as we had it.
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