Cost of Running a Mac HTPC 24/7/365

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by darkgroove, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
  2. macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2010
    Interesting. I have considered using a mac mini as a HTPC (can't convince wife to get rid of cable). I would, however, never consider buying a Mac Pro to do so. For now the PS3 works, but am sure eyeing the new Mac Mini redesign with HDMI!
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    Yeah, using a Mac Pro would be silly. But then again, I use my 24" iMac to encode stuff sometimes (overnight, I might add). So now I'm going to put most of the work on the Mini i have.
  4. macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Los Angeles Area
  5. macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    I'd like to use a mini as a htpc. But I don't it will play 1080P mkv encodes.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    I know of people who play 1080 on 1.8(?) GHz models.

    1080p plays like butter on my 2.4 C2D.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jul 25, 2004
    Missouri, USA
    A dual 1.8 G5 wont play 1080 very smoothly. 720 is it's max. My PM G4 dual (see sig) will play 720 if I don't have any other apps open, and if the bit rate isn't to crazy.

    I'm debating between a Mac Pro or a iMac for my next computer. I would like a Mac Pro just for raw power, and expansion. But a i7 iMac will hang with a single CPU Mac Pro. And is a lot cheaper :eek:
  9. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2010
    If you are serious about your Mac HTPC, you need no less than a mini with a Core 2 Duo. Minis with the Core Duo will playback some 720p material just fine and others horribly. Anything before that and you can just forget it.

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