Mini for HTPC

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by butchseaman, Aug 14, 2009.

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    butchseaman

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    i am looking @ a 2 year old mini 1.42GHz, 1280MB ram, SuperDrive, firewire, 2 usb ports, 80GB $325.00

    want to know if this is worth getting for running plex. i will upgrade the ram to 4gig and add a external drive but concerned if this will work as a HTPC.

    Thanks for your advice.
     
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    Eidorian

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    Core Duo or 9400M G for hardware video acceleration.

    Plex is Intel only as well.
     
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    GoCubsGo

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    It will be ok but not if you intend on playing high def rips. Also, keep in mind that the consensus here seems to be that anything below 1.86 is a bad buy for a htpc. Read through these forums and you'll see.
     
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    butchseaman

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    okay.... prob. not a good choice.... thanks for the advice all.
     
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    tbayrgs

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    If you can swing a little bit more $, keep an eye on the Apple Store for refurb Minis. I just picked up the base model (2.0 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 120 GB HD) for $499 with free shipping--another 4 GB of RAM will cost you about $70. Faster CPU, better GPU, 3 more USB ports, FW 800 and 802.11n--well worth the extra $175, IMO.
     
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    butchseaman

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    ok... I had an offer of a 1.6GHz Intel Core Solo, Memory 2GB, 533 MHz DDR2

    250.00

    I know this is cheaping out but I am a bit strapped
     
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    also only the latest models will take 4GB of ram, check the chart on the wiki page
     
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    MacMini2009

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    Get at least the 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo Mac Mini. But I highly recommend the Refurbished 2.0GHz 9400M Mac Mini.
     
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    butchseaman

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    Thanks for the info all. Guess I will just wait until i can spare a few more coins for one of the refurbish units...

    Thanks again
     

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