Buying A New Mac Mini for Windows Only

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kevhui, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. kevhui macrumors regular

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    I think I am insane.

    I like Mac but there is software that only available for Windows, and I am buying a Mac Mini for Windows only.

    The Win software I want to use is TVersity and Orb Live, I like using them with iPhone. I will make my Mac Mini always on because I trust Apple more than other PC makers – small footprint, quiet and safe electrically.

    Just don’t know how to face my wife because I have a 24” iMac already.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Was there a question there? If you're asking for advice, I'd say buy a PC if you're going to be running Windows anyway. No point in paying the Mac tax for a PC with an Apple logo on it.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Why not just run Parallels/VMware on your iMac and run Windows in that?
     
  4. n6ac macrumors newbie

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    VirtualBox

    Try Sun's VirtualBox, it is FREE and does everything I could want for a windoze virtual environment. Along the way, learn to enjoy the features of the MacOS.
     
  5. instaxgirl macrumors 65816

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    +1 Would go down better with your wife
     
  6. mags631 Guest

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    Please provide URLs to products without "Mac Tax" that satisfy the above requirements.
     
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Pretty much any and every PC on the market?
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    In terms of small footprints, you could look at an ASUS Eee Box.
     
  9. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Yep; I'm going to go ahead and say that every PC that isn't a workstation falls under this criteria and has no unjustified tax.
     
  10. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a

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  11. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    There are no Mac alternatives to TVersity and Orb Live?
     
  12. MAC-PRO-DEMON macrumors 6502a

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    I am afraid... that I have a "Windows" Machine... which actually happens to be an old iMac...

    It's this one.... http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/stats/imac_cd_1.83_17.html

    It runs Windows sweeter than any PC box I have used... :)

    However... It is only a windows machine... for guests... (Who don't use mac :O)
    I did not buy it specially for the purpose... I just had it left over...

    If I was in the market for buying a pc.... I would probably either buy a "Shuttle Barebone"... and place parts inside... As they don't look that bad....
    http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=345413&CatId=3002 would probably suffice...

    With a DVD Writer, 120GB HD, and 2GB it costs about £280... not bad for just someone... if they only wanted to run a couple of apps....

    In the uk.... at the Apple Store EDU (I teach radiology) it costs £460 to buy the base mac mini... now I wouldn't buy this... only to run windows on it... even if it was a bit faster.....

    Anyways... that is my opinion on it.... :)

    Jack
     
  13. kevhui thread starter macrumors regular

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    I found running TVersity within VMWare a bit jerky.

    Dell "oval" is more expensive than a Mac mini here in Hong Kong.

    There are Mac software like MediaLink for streaming but only within a LAN. I want to accesing my media with my iPhone on the go.

    The reason why I don't know how to face my wife because I had a Mac Mini ver 2008. But video output to my SONY 40" LCD TV was terrible.

    I am hoping the 2009 version has a better video quality (because the the DisplayPort and the new video chip). I hope this time it won't let me down.
     
  14. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    It won't. The NVIDIA 9400M runs 4x better than the GMA it used to have. Don't worry, the Mini will do fine for your needs.
     
  15. kevhui thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just plug my new Mac Mini to the SONY 40" LCD TV.

    I would say the video quality is still terrible running OS X (all resolutions). The Desktop looks very un-sharp.

    Running Windows XP is OK only at 1366 x 768 resolution.

    Man I want 1080p quality.

    I tried tunning my TV to full pixel already :-(
     

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