New Mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by tremble, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. tremble macrumors newbie

    tremble

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    #1
    Hey folks,

    I currently have an early 2008 model mini (1.83Gh, 500GB HD, 2GB ram) which gets used mainly as an HTPC ( hooked up to a 50" Panasonic Neo Plasma). I don't have a fancy sound system, so for sound output it is hooked up to my stereo via the line out. I love my mini but there are a couple of things which are swaying me towards buying a new one.

    The first problem I have is that I am getting close to filling up the current hard disk.

    The second issue is that when playing back video, I frequently get stutters in the video and I often get issues with the sound getting out of sync with the video. I'm guessing that the mini simply can't handle the high res picture

    Now the way I see it is I have a couple of options:

    1) Buying some external storage and some more RAM ( I'm not convinced that it will make a whole lot of difference as it will only support 3.5GB).

    2) Buying a new mini!

    I'm trying to decide if it is really worth spending money on what I have or if I would be better selling this mini and putting the money towards a new one. I've seen some nice deals on the server version on eBay which are very tempting (2.66GHz, dual 500GB HD, 8GB RAM).

    What are people's thoughts? And if I go for a new Mini is it worth going for the server version over the standard version?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

    Hellhammer

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    What kind of content are you watching? I mean, how high quality? Your Mini has Intel GPU which sucks and it does not support hardware acceleration and that is likely causing the lag.

    I would sell it and buy a refurb previous gen Mac Mini. It has 9400M which support HA and is much better anyway. It goes for as low as 429$. IF you're going to watch Blu-Rays at native bitrate, then the new Mini is better due 320M but costs more
     
  3. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    I suppose getting a mini server will double the storage space, but the solution is not cost effective. For instance, you can get a 2.5" external USB 2.0 hard disk for about $50.

    That said, newer mini will handle 1080p without any stutter, but I personally find it to be not a groundbreaking upgrade from performance point of view (I will wait for the next generation mini, which will probably opt i3/i5 or Sandy Bridge successor).
     

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