2014 mid or 2012 quad core

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

  1. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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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