A PC alternative for mac mini?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by iop, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. iop macrumors regular

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    I wonder if anyone has any tips on replacing an old mac mini with a PC. I think I'll be replacing it in a year or so. Reliability is the number one priority. It won't need to do anything fancy (just like the mac mini), so a SATA SSD (stock or upgrade) would be perfectly acceptable.
     
  2. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    Alienware Alpha. Small Form Factor, very powerful.
     
  3. someoldguy macrumors 65816

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    HP Elitedesk 800 mini . Put in a 960 EVO NVME in addition to the stock HDD and push the memory up to 16Gig. and you're set.
     
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  6. yensteel macrumors regular

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    Maybe an intel nuc or Gigabyte Brix may be suitable for you.
     
  7. EnesM macrumors 6502

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    In a year or so there WILL be a new Mac Mini, make no mistake ;)
     
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    We've been hearing that for 2 years.
     
  9. iop thread starter macrumors regular

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    There MIGHT be. However, it will most likely be severely underspecced and overpriced. It's relative value to price ratio won't be the same as in 2009.

    [edited to get rid of an accidental emoticon]
     
  10. PhiLLoW macrumors 6502

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    same thought here. Waited for too long for a mac mini refresh. I bought a used Gigabyte Brix 4770R and I'm totally happy with it. Great computer if you need the small form factor.
     
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I went with a Broadwell dual-core i5 NUC, added 16 GB RAM, a Broadcom Dell 802.11AC/Bluetooth 4 card, 512 GB m.2 SSD and 2 TB Samsung hard drive to make 2.5 TB Fusion drive. Runs El Capitan very nicely.
     
  12. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    By no means an expert or well versed in mini Pc's, however a friend recently showed me his Intel NUC Skull Canyon, very impressed by the form factor and especially the performance. If was in the market for a mini PC this would be my choice, just a quick look of the spec is impressive alone, in the flesh better.

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