PC Equivalent (i5 2.9GHz + Blu Ray + TV tuner) to Mac Mini 2011

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by nylonsteel, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2010
    OK so I’m having second thoughts of buying the new mini – since finding this PC home theater equivalent


    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<
  2. macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Either would do the job, it's just a matter of which one you prefer.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    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.:)
  4. philipma1957, Jul 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2011

    macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    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
  5. macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
  6. macrumors 68030


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    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!!:cool:
  7. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    How true is that!
  8. macrumors regular

    May 11, 2011
    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.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    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 :)
  10. macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    The trade off will always be the the OS and HP's build quality. Though it is a very nicely speced machine.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    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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