Custom pc vs mini 2014 decision

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by cypriot, Nov 8, 2014.

  1. cypriot macrumors regular

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    I dont really use anything osx specific and mostly i do office photoshop web development and very basic audio/video edit. My only concern is that i want it to run long time like my 6 years old macbook unibody. I will have to decide this week. It is hard for me to justify the mini. I wanted one before the update but now i am confused badly. Custom pc option is:

    i7 4790 gtx 750 ti 8 gb ram 1 tb hdd 128 gb ssd gigabyte mainboard and mobo windows 8.1

    1000 $

    Vs

    2014 Dual core i5 mac mini 16 gb ram + 256 ssd

    1300 $
     
  2. 0xyMoron macrumors 6502

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    A custom PC with hackintosh supported hardware can serve you well for years without needing an upgrade, you can dual boot both but it needs a lot of free time and basic troubleshooting experience, with 1000 $ budget you should be able to build a great hack.
     
  3. cypriot thread starter macrumors regular

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    If i go custom route i plan to give hack a try but i dont know. From what i read its risky and unstable. I might be wrong though.
     
  4. 0xyMoron macrumors 6502

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    I've been running Lion/ML/Mavericks and now Yosemite without any major issues just minor tweaks here and there, the most important part after the CPU selection is the graphics card compatibility there are lists of supported cards and even full custom PC setup specs on Tonymacx86, it's a fun experience, it's not "risky" your PC won't explode :p, at best you create CCC backup before experimenting with upgrades and kexts.
     
  5. Trusteft macrumors 6502

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    Do what you need to.
    IF you have to use a specific software which only runs on one of them, then buy the relevant computer.
    If not, then get what you like more.
    Think of yourself, after you buy whatever you buy, will you wish to have gone the other way? Then you know what to do.
     
  6. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    If you're considering a PC or a Mac then you'll always regret buying the PC! Buyer's Remorse.
     
  7. Sagnet macrumors member

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    I'm pondering on the same issue. The new Mac Mini is really not up the standards you could expect from a 2014 desktop computer. For example, I'm running Stockfish to analyze the games of the Chess World Championship, and Stockfish can use up to 8 cores for it's engine.

    Could you share the specific components you are considering for your custom PC? (Either here or on PM.)
     
  8. cypriot thread starter macrumors regular

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    Of course i can. When i get to my pc i will.

    I already feel i wasted my time with hacks and stuff to overcome apples restrictions on running windows on second ssd in my macbook and ssd trim and sata 2 support and what not. The argument that apple is hassle free is outdated because you have to deal with these restrictions all the time. My sony vaio with exact same parts run windows 8 like brand new and it is older. Why not my macbook?

    I like osx very much but apple wants too much compromise. Much more than money.
     
  9. Altis macrumors 68020

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    Personally, I'd side with the PC in this case. Windows 10 is just next year and should bridge the PC-Mac gap even more.

    Costs less and is far more powerful. Hard to argue it, really. I guess it comes down to certain software you may need, but so much is offered for both now that it hardly makes a difference.
     
  10. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

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    Here is my custom PC parts list.

    https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=31515407

    • LIAN LI PC-Q36WX Black Aluminum Computer Case
    • ASUS MAXIMUS VII IMPACT Z97 Mini ITX Motherboard
    • Intel Core i7-4790K processor
    • MSI GTX 980 GAMING video card
    • Crucial MX100 512GB SSD
    • G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB DDR3 2400 CAS 9 RAM
    • SeaSonic SS-520FL2 520W fanless power supply

    Total: $1768.94

    I had two 120mm case fans, a Corsair H50 CPU cooler, and Windows 8.1 already,
    but the total still would have been under $2000 even had I not.

    The case is small (13" x 9.5" x 12") and nicely designed.

    I like how the side panels just slide off. It makes installing components really easy.
     

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  11. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

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    If you don't need anything from OSX, why are you considering a Mac? Just build a PC and stay away from Hackintoshes.
     
  12. Ics1974 macrumors member

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    Same decision I am trying to make. Leaning now more towards a PC for the same cost.
     
  13. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    OS X isn't just about what it offers. It's what a Windows OS running machines gives you that you don't want and OS X doesn't offer it.
     
  14. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

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    The OP didn't specify why he/she wants a Mac.
     
  15. flyinmac macrumors 68030

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    Really???? That's coming from a 90's perspective. My new Gateway laptop has Windows 8.1 and is otherwise void of 3rd party apps. It's not like the 90's where the first thing I did was uninstall 20 apps.
     
  16. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    Then why post to a MAC forum?

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    Yes, really.
     
  17. MrX8503 macrumors 68020

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    I don't know why the OP is posting in a Mac forum. Based on the OP's post, there's no compelling reason why he/she should be buying a Mac. Buying a computer that's not best for the job is illogical.

    The OP stated that he/she has a hard time justifying a Mini, so my recommendation is to buy a Windows machine.
     
  18. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    The key is to choose the right logic board. If you do that, virtually everything else is easy.
     
  19. crazzapple Guest

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    If there was an easy, reliable way to go hackintosh, I would do that without second thought. I use my mac for work, so it needs to be rock solid stable.

    From reading the forums here it seems Yosemite is no more stable than Win98 was. I know Win7 is stable and Win10 is finally getting around to copying expose/spaces feature, for me a critical feature.

    It sucks, but apple does not care about power/pro users. They crippled the new mini and unlikely that will change. I will likely build a W10 workstation and keep my macbook for web/on the go stuff.
     
  20. germinator macrumors regular

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  21. corvus32 macrumors 6502a

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    NICE!

    Newegg currently has these for $385, after rebate.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856164011
     
  22. macaron95 macrumors regular

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    my 2 cents:

    - hackintosh is ugly to sit on the desk

    - it's unstable and there is no guarantee OSX will work properly on long term (OSX works well on a Mac because Apple works on optimizing its OS on dedicated hardware, while OSX works on hackintosh because hackers are developing pilots for hundreds of different hardware, at some point, they cannot keep up with hardware as the list is growing)
     
  23. Sagnet macrumors member

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    Thanks, I appreciate it.
     
  24. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    They can be ugly or they can be attractive or not even on the desk.

    In the last 3 years or so, the stability of hackintoshes has been a non-issue, so long as you start with well-supported logic boards. I have two running that are more than 2 years old and each is currently on Yosemite with no stability issues.

    And again, so long as you start with a logic board that has the same hardware as an Apple computer, this is mostly a non-issue. And to suggest that Apple's computers will remain fully-functional with OS X is to be oblivious to the facts. Apple's history is replete with examples of such incompatibility issues. Take for example the current problem with Handoff. I cannot use it with my 2011 MacBook Pro. But guess what? With my hackintosh, all I have to to is put in a compliant Bluetooth module and it will work just fine. Try doing that with an iMac or Mac Mini.

    The truth is, unless one of Apple's computers suits your needs, a hackintosh can be a far more attractive computer. Much more RAM, faster and superior cpus and gpus, multiple hard drive and SSD options, eSATA, etc, and usually for a more attractive price. If you can assemble Tinker Toys, then you can assemble a hackintosh. It is not difficult to do.
     
  25. germinator macrumors regular

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    Cave Man has it exactly right.

    I have built two hackintoshes and they are rock-stable. Same as real Macs.
    It seems that macaron95 has no understanding of Apple hardware. Since the move to Intel, a Mac is a PC. Same processors, same chipset designed by Intel. Apple build a custom motherboard.

    Where issues arise it's because the hardware deviates too much from what Apple uses and OS X (for obvious reasons) only needs to support a small subset of PC components. In those cases, a custom driver is needed.

    Yes, hackintoshes require more time and dedication. But don't dismiss them for the wrong reasons.

    As for future viability of hackintoshes: They work with Yosemite, and that should cover a few years. Only Apple can choose to limit what runs on Apple hardware. If they do so, I will abandon the Apple platform.
     

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