entry level mini-as-media-configuration

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by coldfeet, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. coldfeet macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2010
    hi... mac noob here...

    i have been waiting on the 2012 mini mainly to make sure i got the latest and greatest, no other reason. ready to buy, but would like some insight on proper configuration

    application is media access for my tv. audio, photo, and web access (for video content). will not be ripping dvd's or composing video. light photo editing, importing my vinyl collection, and web browsing... replacing my gen1 appleTV (which sucks for photo management and i want a browser). ideally i'll use one of the front ends and remote to make it look/feel like aTV for my wife

    mini is probably overkill, but form factor is great for living area and it's well supported.

    ideally i think i'd prefer ssd to keep noise low (when listening to low level audio passages) but don't think i need a mid level processor. should i be concerned with this or look at 3rd party (one-world-computing?) solutions... any downside with 3rd party ssds'?

    as i'll need more storage than i want to pay for in ssd $'s, would something like those portable western digital drives work for audio/photo transfer rates? that has the bonus that i can easily transfer to my other house for syncing with my media NAS.... should be quiet and low power

    finally a few apple questions..

    i tried to configure an entry level i5 system with wireless keyboard, but apple.com wouldn't let me select the keyboard... site glitch or compatibility issue?

    also, i understand the mini with not work as an airplay reciever... seems like an omission for htpc applications. luckily my denon avr supports airplay, but still...

    tia -cf
  2. Kryptik.Kode macrumors member


    Mar 8, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    This is strange. I ordered the base model i5 from the apple website yesterday and I also ordered a wireless keyboard and trackpad on the same order with no issue.
  3. coldfeet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2010
    weird... working now, wasn't yesterday or just b4 i posted topic. maybe the site was glitchy or my browser was acting up...

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