Anyone here using a Mini as a Media Center?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Sensamic, Oct 16, 2014.

  1. Sensamic macrumors 68030

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    I bought a 2010 Mini just to use it as a HTPC in my living room connected to the TV.

    I use mainly Plex, which gets all the media from my Synology NAS.

    I don't use it to play games much.

    Anyone else has a Mini that they ONLY use it as a media center?

    If so, which Mini model and what is your full setup?

    I also use my phone and tablet to control Plex and the Mini.
     
  2. Dont Hurt Me, Oct 16, 2014
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    Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

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    Mid 2011 Mini the only one Apple made with dedicated graphics 6630M i5 2.5 with 4 GB of ram connected to a 40" led samsung with eyetv makes a heck of a mancave machine. Hard to get excited about the new Mini's when your using this one. Very happy with this set up for all media, music,photos,games,netflix,hulu espn or whatever.:)

    Perhaps ill give it a ssd and a lil more ram one day but for now just don't need it.
     
  3. jaycee520 macrumors regular

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    Late 2012 mini i5 2.5 ghz…thinking of getting an SSD sometime before the holidays…52” Sony for Plex and a 24” Samsung display for browsing.Also connected to it is an eyeTV and a Drobo 5D for all my Plex media:)
     
  4. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    My 2012 Mac Mini's main purpose is to be a HTPC. It's on 24/7 and attached to my AV Receiver. However, it also has 20TB of storage attached so it serves as a NAS for the rest of the house and "downloads content" in the background as required.
     
  5. Sensamic thread starter macrumors 68030

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    My 2010 only has 2GB RAM and C2Duo. It's slow, but it can play every video file just perfect (even huge 1080P mkv files from bluray rips).

    I don't see the need to upgrade while the Mini can play smoothly every video I throw at it.

    What benefits would I see upgrading to the 2012 or 2014 Mini if I use it only for Plex? My Plex Server is on the NAS, which is also C2Duo I think.

    Anybody else with other HTPC setups? It's interesting to see others configurations.
     
  6. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    I have a late 2009 2.26 with 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Plex server and Plex Home Theatre installed (I don't stream because I hate buffering and I don't compress blu-ray rips). 9 TB (and counting) on two external drives.
     

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