Looking for either an iMac or Mac Mini....

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by scapegoat81, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. scapegoat81 macrumors 6502a

    scapegoat81

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    So I've been a PC user my entire life & looking into buying my 1st Mac. I think the motherboard burned out in my most recent PC due to leaving it on all the time for Plex.

    So my question is, what would be a better machine to purchase if I leave it constantly running ? I know Mac Mini's consume less power, but I'd like to avoid burning out another motherboard. I also know that a simple solution is to turn it off or put the machine to Sleep once in a while, but is there an app I can use to wake either machine remotely when I want to use Plex ?

    Also, do I need a higher end processor In either machine for my usage ? A I do is general web browsing, downloading, & convert videos w/ Handbrake. MAYBE some games down the road too. Thanks & I appreciate the responses
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can leave either an iMac or Mac mini running 24/7 for many months without issues. It won't affect the logic board.

    I have the Plex Media Server running on a Mac mini that never sleeps, as well as the Plex Home Theater. I can control the player remotely, using the Plex iOS app.

    Any Mac model made in recent years can easily handle your proposed workload.
     
  3. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    I've never heard of a motherboard burning up simply due to being left on. Sounds like a cooling problem to me.

    That being said, I have had a number of Macs and I rarely, if ever, turn them off. No issues.
     
  4. scapegoat81 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well yes something burned out, not sure what. I did try replacing the power supply but no dice. Plus the fans were pretty clogged w/ dust.
     
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Need to keep the machine clean, including the fans. Even a Mac can fry under such conditions.
     
  6. Dsching Suspended

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    For handbrake I'd recommend the 2012 i7 Mac Mini.
     

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