Mac Mini G4 PPC as a Media Center? Powerful enough?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by FLAVAH, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. FLAVAH macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2008
    Hey whats up everyone, at first I was looking to buy an ATV for my needs of watching all my downloaded shows. Then I thought about using my mac mini that I barely use instead. However the specs arent that powerful (1.42 PPC G4, 1GB Memory). Ive been searching around for using the Mini as a media center, but most of the threads I found are about how to create the center, and mostly everyone is using Intel Minis that Ive found. So I have a couple of unanswered questions:

    How will it be able to handle running 720p?
    What do you think the max it is capable of doing?
    Or do you guys think I should try and sell this one and just upgrade to an Intel Mini?

    Any other advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance! :D
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    It will probably be able to do low bit rate standard def, but for high def you need a dual core (i.e., intel-based mini). A G4 would also have trouble with most h.264 encoded files.
  3. FLAVAH thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2008
    aiyy, looks like ill try and put this on the market to get some money to upgrade!

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