Mac Mini 2010 as HTPC

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by HipsterGG, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. HipsterGG macrumors member

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    Hi there,

    I'm able to buy a 2010 Mac Mini for €120,- which isn't much. But I'm wondering if it will be enough for my needs.

    Mainly I will be using it for:

    - Netflix
    - Spotify

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. HipsterGG thread starter macrumors member

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    I should probally add that the machine does have a 5400rpm disk and only 2GB of RAM memory.
     
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It'll be enough, but pretty slow.
     
  4. HipsterGG thread starter macrumors member

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    Yea. But I do have an 256gb SSD lying around and some additional 2x4 gb or ram.

    Once upped with these will it be worth the money?
     
  5. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    I use a 2010 Mac Mini as my HTPC. It has the original Disk drive but I have upgraded memory to 4Gig. It works really well I mainly run a Plex server on it and hardly use the disk drive since all my media is on a NAS. I brought it new and it has always served as my HTPC and performs no different now than the day I installed it. It has seen all the osX upgrades.
     
  6. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    It would be. Throw in the SSD and 8GB of RAM and it'll become very useable indeed for a lot of things.
     
  7. g33k macrumors member

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    This is a very capable machine. Make it you reinstall OS X so its fresh. If you really care about it, you could give it 8GB's of RAM, and an SSD will make even more of a difference. I recommend getting any parts for upgrading from Other World Computing.
     
  8. xmlninja macrumors regular

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    My 2009 Mac mini has served me for 6 years. 4gb ram. I replaced disk with 480 gb ssd and 2tb 2.5" disk in an optibay recently. Which certainly boosted performance.
     

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