What mac for a music server?

mark88

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I need to replace my Windows HTPC with a Mac. The problem is I need a PCI slot as I have a rather nice high end audio card I need to use.

Do I have any options other than a Powermac G4 / G5 / Intel?

Or are there any mods that can be made to other macs that will get me where I want. My current HTPC is in a nice desktop Silverstone HTPC case and it would be nice if the mac could look as nice.
 

zioxide

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Dec 11, 2006
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Intel mini is a great HTPC and it has built-in digital optical audio outputs so you probably wouldn't even need a fancy sound card.
 

Gandhi

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I would recommend buying a refurb Mac mini - and upping the HDD to whatever max you can afford.
 

leighonigar

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May 5, 2007
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Most high end cards do work on the Mac - they tend to be geared towards audio recording, an area in which the Mac is big. Depending on what you want to use it for - and you haven't said specifically - I'd pick up a cheap used G4 powermac. they're still pretty swift, look quite nice and have those all important PCI slots. Plus they should be able to handle leopard.
 

Killyp

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You're better off using an external sound interface.

Internal interfaces pick up interference off the other computer components (the hard drive being one of the main sources).

I think your best bet though would simply be to connect a decent DAC to the Mini's digital output, which I believe is optical.