2014 mid or 2012 quad core

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by yourtoys7, Oct 21, 2014.

  1. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    I stopped by local apple and they had new pricing for older machines. I picked up 2012 i7 quad core, started to look into upgrades, buying 8gb ram, around 100., buyng 240 ssd, around 200., my total after taxes 1150.
    If I would to get 699. with 256ssd, my total after taxes 1010., Savings about 140. for basicaly quad core.
    I mostly gonna use as Media center. I'm almost thinking of returning 2012 mode and getting New one, do I even need ssd for my aplication?
    Coments Welcome...
  2. dighn macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    unless you are transcoding to multiple clients the mid 2014 is plenty. it also has lower power usage which is great for a media center. I think SSD is overkill for a media center, but 5400 RPM HDDs are horrid.
  3. yourtoys7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    if I go for the hard drive, can I load operating system to flash usb 3 (33 or 64gb).
  4. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    I've never done that with a usb flash drive, but why would you do that if it's just a media server?
  5. Neodym macrumors 68000


    Jul 5, 2002
    Yes, you can install OSX and boot a Mac from a USB thumb drive, though it's far from ideal. If you insist on this route, take care to get a really fast stick, as there are huge differences and quite a lot are equal to or even slower than the internal HD.

    In my opinion a SSD does also make sense in a media center. Besides less noise and heat your media center would be available basically instantaneously, whereas a spinning drive takes few seconds to spin up from power saving mode, thus making your media center feel unresponsive.

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