Buy a Mac Mini?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by smilemon, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. smilemon macrumors newbie


    Dec 13, 2005
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    I am interested in the performance of a mac mini. Is it powerful enough to do video rendering and gaming. I run Final Cut Express Hd and Play World of Warcraft. Just wondering if less power is worth not paying as much.
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    The Mini is on the very bottom edge for FCE HD, esp. in the video card area. And it is not a gamer machine. Honestly I would go for the iMac G5 as the entry level machine for these.
  3. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    It can definitely do video. Not blazingly fast, but it does it just fine for me.

    Gaming though, you'll be happier elsewhere. World of Warcraft runs, but you have to tone everything down to the minimum, and you'll have a hell of a time in crowded areas and battlegrounds. So I don't recommend it for this kind of thing.

    I second the iMac G5 recommendation.
  4. DaftUnion macrumors 6502a


    Feb 22, 2005
    I third the iMac G5 for what you want the computer to be able to do...lot better deal for what your getting to...easily the best value in the mac lineup for computers.
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I agree with CanadaRAM, go for the iMac G5 (if you can afford it) over the Mac Mini.

    While the Mac Mini can do your stated tasks- it will do them s-l-o-w-l-y.
  6. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    If Apple puts out the Intel mac mini w/ a 5400/7200 rpm in Jan, that would be a lot better. Why not wait and see what comes
  7. smilemon thread starter macrumors newbie


    Dec 13, 2005
    Fairbanks, Alaska

    My dad works for apple and he can get a mac mini real cheap so I think I'm going to go with one. Thanks for the help. Its still about twice as fast as the comp I have now.
  8. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    I have a Mac Mini, and I love it, seriously it's one of the best purchases I have made along with my iPod Video,.

    I use both Final Cut Pro and World of Warcraft, the Mac Mini runs both fairly well to my surprise but be warned it still can't keep up with the G5 iMac.

    World of Warcraft does run a treat, the graphics are pretty smooth and I find it's less laggy compared to my other Windows machine (yes I do know XP IS COMPLETE TRASH).

    Overall if you're going for a good cheap multimedia computer that can do music, video and some games go for the Mac Min it wont dissapoint but if you are into serious games you can't go past the G5 iMac.
  9. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you
    If it's really that cheap, go for it. Worst case you can hook it up to your TV and use it for media.

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