Mac Mini 2006 as HTPC

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by LGShepherd, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. LGShepherd macrumors regular

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    Hi guys!

    I am getting a 2006 Mac Mini at the weekend which is sealed and brand new for £250 with the old keyboard and mouse (both brand new). Not too sure if that is a decent price, but anyways.

    I am hoping to use this as my HTPC with Plex running on it and I have a few questions.

    1) Will this run well on my 50 inch plasma? I once used my old MacBook on my TV and it didn't fit correctly. I am planning on using a DVI to HDMI adapter into my amp and then using the digital audio cable for the sound.

    2) I believe it will be a 1.66Ghz duo core. Will this be sufficient? I will be maxing out the RAM after Xmas also.

    3) I will not be storing Movies on the Mac Mini as I have ordered a Netgear readyNAS with 2TB of storage. Again, will the Mac Mini be ok with this?

    Thanks
    Liam
     
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  3. LGShepherd thread starter macrumors regular

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    At the moment I am only ripping my DVD collection using the Apple TV preset in Handbrake so nothing too major. I will still use Blu Ray for my HD stuff.

    It's £250 for the Mac Mini, wireless keyboard and mouse. They are all brand new. I bought it off my uncle after he decided not to use them in a house he was building. Maybes I should have checked the prices.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Completely missed that L with a stroke.

    The Mac mini will definitely play your SD content, for Blu Ray content only 720p might be playable, but I could play a 1080p movie on a 2GHz C2D Mac, but both cores were used more than 50%.

    I would look for a C2D Mac mini if you are seriously interested in 1080p content, but for the SD videos that Mac will be enough.
     
  5. LGShepherd thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for you help!

    I think I might try and sell it on and find a better model
     
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    It'll play 1080p provided it's of low enough bit rate, even if it's h.264. It would play 1080p MPEG-2 easier, but those files would be much larger than h.264 versions.
     
  7. davids8477 macrumors 6502

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    I had the same machine as you as my HTPC. I always had an issue with HD content - stuttering, buffering etc.

    I upgraded it with a C2D cpu and now it runs all the content I can throw at it - with PLEX VLC etc.
     

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