Mac Mini for iTunes server, NAS, etc.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by kingpikey, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

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    I'm looking to replace my current setup with a Mac Mini for torrent downloading, media serving, etc. As well as some new features like a consolidated shared iTunes library, Time Machine (for the mini and my MBP), and possibly a few other things.

    Should I stick it out and keep hoping for the update, or pick one up and deal with it? I also plan on getting a Mac Pro this summer, so the Mini will primarily be a small, quiet, low power machine that will run 24/7. What are your thoughts?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    If that's all you're going to be using the mini for, than get the cheapest refurb you can find. It really doesn't take much power to run a simple server like that.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    At this point - wait. Intel is discontinuing the 65nm Core 2 chips that power the Mini (and the iMac still). Once stock is cleared out, Apple will be forced to either update the Mini or discontinue it. Refurbs are a good choice regardless though - the price is unbeatable.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors member

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    I also want to hook it up to my 1080p tv in the living room... can the mac mini push 1080p content well?
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    That certainly changes things and voids my previous post. If you're going to have this hooked up to a TV, then I wouldn't go for the cheapest refurb you can find. As for 1080p, it's not a simple yes or no answer. It depends on the type of content you will be displaying (mpeg2, H.264, etc). I've never done it, and could be wrong, but I understand that a mini can push 1080p mpeg2, but cannot handle 1080p H.264. If you want to use this to play 1080p content, then I wouldn't recommend using a mini unless it gets a serious update. Hopefully, someone will come on here and prove me wrong.

    Checkout the Mac HTPC forum over at avsforum.com.
     
  6. macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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    I've added a couple of words to your otherwise correct statement.
     

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