MacMini HEC...how much is enough?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by snwcrshx, Jun 2, 2009.

  1. snwcrshx macrumors newbie

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    Greetings and thanks for taking the time to read this. I am a relatively new Mac user, and have been looking at ways to shave some excess fluff out of my budget. For the current TV service and internet I get from my cable provider, I have to pay about $130. Doing the math I saw that, if I could get it working, using a set up with Plex could save me nearly $70 a month. So I set it all up and used my Macbook as the test subject. It works great, but it's very annoying to disconnect and reconnect the laptop and change display settings, each time I want to watch something. Add that in with the fact that my wife can use it fine when set up, but can't get it started when not around, and that we are without the computer when watching TV and you can see the problem.

    I've read through a lot of the threads and there doesn't seem to be a consensus on what specs are good enough to run everything smoothly. Here is what I am/want to do with a Mac Mini.

    * Stream Netflix, Hulu, and other online media through Plex
    * Watch DVD (and a few BR) rips (Will likely be going with the full rip via Ripit or MTR, as I don't have a system that makes encoding timely enough)
    * Use EyeTV to watch local HD broadcasts

    The cost is an issue, so I want to spend the least amount that I can while still getting an machine capable of doing everything smoothly. This will be the machines only function.

    Thank you for any advice and insight you can offer!
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I am watching HD hulu on a 47" LCD at 1080p, HD rips of DVDs streamed from a NAS drive connected to my AEBS, watching iTunes content via FR, and watching DVDs (physical DVDs) on the newest base model MacMini.

    I will toss in 4GB ram for kicks but so far I have not seen so much as a hiccup.
     
  3. snwcrshx thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well that certainly is comforting news.

    Anyone with EyeTV experience care to chime in?
     
  4. hookem12387 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 1.8 c2d with 2 gigs of ram and have never had a problem running plex
     
  5. RasterScan macrumors member

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    I have a new base price Macmini and it's great for a media center.
     

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