Looking at Mini for home entertainment setup

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by acrahm, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. acrahm macrumors regular

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    I currently have a 5 yr old iMac that has all iTunes media on it.

    But now I need a more portable machine so i am getting a rMBP and selling the iMac.

    But i still need a central home entertainment machine that my ATV etc can all access for movies/music etc. My only spec i really care for on any new machine i get is storage (at least 1TB)

    Probably looking at a Mini, Do i need to get one of the newer ones or can i get a 3-4 yr old mini to run what i need? Tough to justify $700 for a machine that will be used only for running media...
     
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040

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    If all you will do is iTunes/ATV, then an older Mini should work well. Don't fret about the internal volume as you can always add an external drive. OWC offers some cases that emulate the look of the Mini and you can stack them (just use reasonable spacers to allow for heat dissipation.

    My taste would be to get the newer Minis (refurbs etc) and allow a more multi-duty functionality to exists including - web search, XBMC/PLEX use and of course iTunes. Candidly, consider upping RAM to 8 gigs and take the full benefit. I use a newer Mini for multi-purpose including movie playback and the HDMI port is something you too might consider when deciding on which older model to purchase.
     
  3. acrahm thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the advice! i currently have 12gb of ram (DDR3) in my iMac, could i use the same ram i have in it in a mac mini? and how easy/hard is it to swap out the ram in a mini?
     
  4. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Installing RAM in the Mac Mini is about as easy as it gets. Flip the Mini over, twist the cover and lift it off. The RAM slots are staring you right in the face. The only issue will be making sure the RAM you have/use is compatible.
     
  5. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a

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    I currently use a 2009 mini for just this purpose. Have the media on an external drive and it works very well serving up iTunes.
     
  6. acrahm thread starter macrumors regular

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    if you don't mind me asking, what are the specs on your 09 mini?
     
  7. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a

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    Don't mind at all.

    It has a 2.0GHz core2duo processor, 4GB of ram, and the stock 120GB hard drive. All the media is stored on an OWC Mercury Elite Qx2 with 4 2TB WD red drives. Everymac link to original specs.

    I have thought about getting a newer one, but this one just keeps chugging along with no problem. I'll probably run it til it dies.
     

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