New MAC recruit.. just about to purchase ......

Discussion in 'iMac' started by davemulheran, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. davemulheran macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    UK - London/Kent
    Hi all. This week will see me purchasing my first ever lot of apple gear. Moving over from years of PC's and windows XP!

    I am thinking of the following:

    A New 2009 24" 3.06 imac with the upgraded ATI 4850 card as the main desktop, to go upstairs to hold all my music/video/pictures on.

    A 2009 2.26 1gb ram 120gb HDD mac mini as the downstairs HTPC. I will upgrade the ram to 4gb and HDD to 320GB myself once recieved. And use PLEX and connect to a 40" 1080p sony bravia LCD. (will I be able to stream to the mac mini from my imac upstairs?)

    A 2009 500gb time machine as a wireless N router for the imac/mini and G for iphone/ps3/wii and have some back up storage for music/video files

    Then use my iphone as a remote for PLEX

    Im assuming/hoping from my research that all this will work well together and be a pretty formidable home set up.

    My question is, can anyone see any flaws? or perhaps advise on a better way of doing things things, if ive overlooked anything? Once all the above is set up, I kind of want it all to just work.. with minimal fuss afterwards. And also to be 'wife' friendly!

    I did consider Apple TV instead of a mac mini for next to the TV, but I think the mini will be a a better option for future use as well as being able to do a lot more with it also. I will probably never rent films from itunes, which appears to be ATV's niche..?

    The above all said.. I am still in a dilema of spending £1600 GBP on a new imac over £1199 GBP on the 2008 3.06 version. Im not a massive PC gamer so the 09 may be overkill.. but if I went for the 08, i'd always be kicking myself! The 09 does have more RAM upgradability, larger HD and better GFX card I suppose.

    anyway, sorry to waffle on .. but 2.5k GBP is a lot of money and I want to get it right first time

    thks for reading

  2. nickcliborne macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2008
    Nut house
    Don't forget a subscription to mobile me. ebay will probably be the cheapest ... atleast it is here in the states.

    Why the 2.26 mini and not the base model?
  3. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2007
    The iMac is definitely overkill, if your not doing anything too intensive. From the sounds of it, the base 24" model would be more than enough, but what do I know :p.
  4. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    I am running Plex on new mini (same specs, upgraded to 4g / 500gig drive myself). Plex is a really great app and they have taken xbmc alot further just for the mac. The only local streaming I do is my music from my server and I use the Mythtv plugin for playing back recorded HD content with no problems. I am using ethernet for this, not wireless.
  5. DarkRyan323i macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2009
    I agree with Sambo in that the base 24" would be enough to meet your needs. I'm not a gamer (just iPod touch games) and the lowest 24" model is plenty for me! Just upgrade the HD if you need more space.
  6. davemulheran thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2009
    UK - London/Kent
    RE the imac overkill...I want to also get back in to making tunes, so will be getting LOGIC at some point soon..

    I just thought that if I get the top end imac, then i wont kick myself further down the line and it will be a little bit more future proof.

    Reason for the 2.26 mini is also to have the best available too. I will then upgrade the ram and HDD myself
  7. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    I'm sure you realise this, but the Time Capsule has no modem. Your existing modem can hook up to it though. Awesome looking set-up ;)
  8. rupnok macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2002
    Hey there - I actually have a very similar setup:

    2.8ghz iMac in bedroom, MacMini 2.0ghz in living room attached to Samsung LN-52A650 (through a Denon 1909 receiver). My wireless is an Apple Airport Express (N) chained to a regular Linksys router (have TiVo, PS3, and TV attached through hardwire).

    I was trying to do the same thing (store files locally on iMac and stream to MacMini). It worked very well for music (up to Lossless) but choked when I was trying to stream my library of VIDEO_TS DVD rips (from RipIt).

    This may have more to do with the stream of a VIDEO_TS than a straight .mp4/.mov file (I did not test this thoroughly).

    That said - now I am deciding what my next steps are going to be in terms of media storage. Do I go with an NAS like Time Machine, run an ethernet cable from the iMac to the router, etc.

    Just a head's up - WiFi (even N) may not be able to handle streaming all your media, particularly high bit rate video/VIDEO_TS.

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