New or old mini as Media center?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Mhansen, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Mhansen macrumors newbie

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    I´m sorry if i bring this thread up again.

    But is there any reason to pay the extra bucks for a new mini, when it is only going to be used as a Music database and HD movie database??

    Im not going to work with photoshop or play games on it!

    Buy the old one for 2/3 of the price of the new one? Or would i gain anything with the new?


    Thanks!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    New one has HDMI and it's smaller. The GPU is also better which might help if playing Blu-Ray rips etc.
     
  3. Mhansen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have a DVI - HDMI cable laying around, so the lack of HDMI on the old one isnt and issue.
    Also, the smaller size of the new one isnt worth the money, IMO.

    But will the Mac Mini 2.26Ghz play a Blu-Ray rip? Or do i need the new expensive fancy pants mini? :confused:
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I'm not so sure about BR rips but if you rip them with little lower quality, you should be fine. Rip one and take your external HD with you and go to store and give it a try. Should be fine at least if you encode them to other format if the format you're using isn't nice
     
  5. Mhansen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Damn, that is unfortunatly not an option, since i have no external at the moment. :mad:

    But if my laptop Asus UL30VT
    Core2 Duo (mobile) SU7300 1,3Ghz
    4Gb RAM
    GeForce G 210M
    Can run a movie, will the Mac Mini be able to do it?
     
  6. Hellhammer Moderator

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    More than fine. I think the people who have issues have high-quality BR rips which can take several 10GBs. Mini is a monster compared to your old lappy
     
  7. Mhansen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cool, thank you Hellraiser :rolleyes:
    Well i dont rip in that quality! Largest rip i have is just under 8Gb i guess. And my lappy ran it fine!

    Well i guess im off to the store to get and "old" mini :) My first Mac:apple:
     
  8. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    I think you should really read the following thread:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=920085

    The conclusion I draw from the thread is that the new Mini should be much better at playing high quality BD rips. Most of the best information comes towards the end of the thread.

    Personally, I would get the new Mini after reading that thread.
     
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    The core2duo 2ghz models from the last gen handled blueray rips just fine.
     
  10. OldMike macrumors 6502

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    Here is a quote from Cave Man, from the thread indicated above, which would push me towards getting the new Mac Mini for what you are planning on using it for:

     

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