Mac Mini 2012 base model as a media center questions

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by marcello696, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. marcello696 macrumors regular

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    I'm looking at getting the base model for a HTPC that will stream content from my NAS.

    I was dead set on getting the mid level model but after today's announcement is an i7 quad core cpu really needed for this purpose?

    figured I'd save $200 and upgrade the RAM to 8gb and have a solid media center with some transcoding of high bitrate .mkv blu ray rips to Plex media clients and maybe a little bit of gaming for things like Portal 2 but nothing harcore (got a gaming PC for that).

    the dual core i5 should be able to handle this and no need for SSD since Im streaming over gigabit from a NAS correct?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, any Mac mini made in recent years can easily do what you describe. You don't need the new model for that.
     
  3. talmy macrumors 601

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    Not only will any recent Mini do the job, but you also don't need to upgrade the RAM to 8GB. I've got two minis I use as media centers, both base late 2009 models with 2GB of RAM, even bought refurbished!

    You might want to even consider not just a base refurbished model but even pick up a used one.
     
  4. marcello696 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you everyone! looks like the refurbs are sold out, I'll just buy a new one, dont want to mess around with buying a used one without a warranty.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you want a refurb, you can use refurb.me to be notified when they become available. All Apple refurbs come with Apple's 1 year warranty and qualify for AppleCare.
     
  6. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    More refurbs will be available by next week. They don't last long though.
     

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