A PC alternative for mac mini?

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

  1. iop macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    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

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Alienware Alpha. Small Form Factor, very powerful.
  3. someoldguy macrumors 65816

    Aug 2, 2009
    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.
  4. Partron22, Apr 4, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2017

    Partron22 macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2011
  5. iop thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
  6. yensteel macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2009
    Maybe an intel nuc or Gigabyte Brix may be suitable for you.
  7. EnesM macrumors 6502


    May 7, 2015
    In a year or so there WILL be a new Mac Mini, make no mistake ;)
  8. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

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

    Apr 15, 2011
    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

    May 31, 2014
    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

    Cave Man

    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


    Dec 11, 2008
    Enjoying Better Things
    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.

  13. BeefCake 15 macrumors 65816

    BeefCake 15

    May 15, 2015
    near Boston, MA

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