Mac Mini Newest Gen. vs Last Gen for Media Center

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sammyman, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. sammyman macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    I just purchased a couple of Mac Mini's off of eBay and am thinking of using one for a HD media center, and one for my parents.

    Mac Mini Current Revision
    1.83Ghz Core 2 Duo processor
    Combo Drive
    Broken Audio (I'm going to fix this)
    2GB RAM

    Mac Mini Older Revision
    1.83Ghz Core Duo processor
    Super Drive
    2GB RAM

    I have a 160GB 7200rpm drive that I will be installing in my media center. Which would be best for a HD Media Center?
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    I don't know mini guts, but I'm going to assume interchangeable parts.

    (1) kit out the C2D with all the best stuff (superdrive, etc) and give that to mom and dad. It will serve them well for some time.

    (2) use the lesser CD for the media center - you won't need the computing "pony" power to play iTunes. Movies should do fine on a direct connect to the tv.
  3. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    So there will not be a difference in CD vs C2D with video watching?
  4. PeterQC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    The Mac Mini has an Intel GMA950 which can't play very well HD content. Even the old generation Macbook has the same issue, and it got a better graphic card.
  5. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    So both are not good for an HD media center?
  6. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    That's simply not true. I use a mac with that chip and HD video plays just fine. The laptop hardly even heats up.

    I second the call to use the Core Duo for the media center. You could probably swap out the optical drives since you won't need to burn with a media center. Leave the 64 bit CPU for the real computing; you won't see a difference in multimedia playback.
  7. sammyman thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2005
    Not sure my parents will be doing any "real computing", but i guess it will make it more future proof for them.

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