What PC if no new Mini this year?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by krause734, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. krause734 macrumors 6502

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    What PC should I get if there's no new mini this year? I'm looking for 4k @ 60hz with a fusion drive, blu ray, maybe some gaming. I've been looking at HP towers.
     
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    Apple suggests you buy an iPad Pro. Who are we to disagree with Apple?
     
  3. Sam_S macrumors regular

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    Depends on what time of the year you are looking at purchasing. PCs are upgraded much more frequently then Macs and provide good deals on slightly older models.

    However that being said if you want something in a Mac mini form factor you could look at the Alienware Alpha is probably going to be your best bet. However there are plenty of towers that offer similar specs at a lower price point.

    Fingers crossed that they release something in March.
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    I like the iPad, but could never see myself replacing a laptop or computer with it. However I would consider a Microsoft Surface Pro as a laptop replacement.
     
  4. Partron22 macrumors 68000

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    I like my Lenovo M900.
    Intel Nucs are getting some pretty good press too, as are HP Desktop Minis.
    If you've got the time, waiting 6 months for the market to shake out a bit would be a good plan.
    There are Scads of these things coming out now, just not from Apple.
     
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    Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    None….

    My early 2009 Mac Mini remains adequate for my needs, and will probably continue to do so for another couple of years or so… maybe even another generation or two. I occasionally use PCs in the office at work (most on Windows 10, one or two on Windows 7 and one on XP), and see no reason to make the change. Mac hardware and apps are fine for me.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/the-new-mac-mini-is-almost-certainly-coming.1681773/
     
  6. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    How about an Alienware Alpha? It's a small form factor just like the Mac mini.
     
  7. krause734 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I like the looks of that. I will miss MacOS but Windows is a lot more functional and widely used.
     
  8. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, it's a very capable small form factor PC that goes on sale frequently. Definitely worth taking a closer look at.
     
  9. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    I need to find out which is quieter. The new HP desktop "minis" or the new Intel Kaby Lake NUC's. Unless an OUTSTANDING Mac Mini comes out real soon, I will be getting one of the former.
     
  10. EmlynDewar macrumors member

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    I'm a fan of the Dell Optiplex micros, but unfortunately they're only on Skylake at the moment and you'd really be wanting Kaby for the additional 4k help. Maybe one to keep an eye on, as Dell are usually on the ball.

    Would you consider building the PC yourself? I really want to get hold of a Dan A4 SFX case.
     
  11. Midgetinabikini macrumors regular

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    Well, I got nothing to do but save money for iMac. I'm working with Logic Pro and GarageBand. Cubase is trash compared the two.
     
  12. Cape Dave macrumors 68000

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    That is a very interesting case. Hard to get. I would build one and that case is on my very short list. I also like the Dell Micro. I go one for a client, I got the mini for me. I screwed up because there were FOUR fans in my darn computer. I took out the video card (worst offender) and the CPU and case fan are 80 or 60mm, which I hate, and the PSU fan is 40mm which I REALLY hate. I like 120mm fans as they are quieter with better soundscape. But Dell's are usually very quiet and this one is now quiet enough. Well, quiet enough for now :)
     
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    Quiet is a key issue for me as well, and I see that the Alienware Alpha does have some issues with this (one commenter called it a "steambox" WRT internal temperature issues). I won't be using it for gaming, so the point may be moot, but I work in a very quiet office space and the lack of noise from my Mac systems is a major plus. Has anyone tried the System76 Meercat?
     
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    I just recently replaced my 2011 Mac mini with an HP ProDesk 600 (I know, not the same as the "mini" you were talking about) and if anything, the HP machine I have is quieter than my Mac mini, in that I never hear the fans running at all. The Mac mini fan would get going if I was doing something pretty CPU intensive, but doing the same time of thing (using HandBrake for instance), never changes the fan noise on my HP machine. I'd think the HP minis would be similar.

    Plus I can upgrade the parts inside any time I want, so that's an added bonus.
     
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    Did anyone read the requirements? OP mentioned 4K@60Hz, gaming, and Blu-Ray. Most of the recommendations people made so far are terrible for that.
     
  17. jpietrzak8 macrumors 65816

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    Well, the OP was also mentioning that this was in lieu of a 2017 Mini. And there's no way a Mini is going to be good at gaming, have a Blu-Ray drive, or probably even drive 4K@60Hz all that well. ;)

    But yeah, he should probably be looking to a standard tower machine for decent power at a decent price, rather than an SFF box...
     
  18. Altis macrumors 68020

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    Hans Zimmer would disagree. :cool:
     
  19. mauka macrumors member

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    Thanks for the tip!
     
  20. mellofello macrumors 65816

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    If you are going PC then just build your own. Waste of money to get a preassembled system, and it is a joy to put your own thing together.

    I am slowly assembling parts for a mini itx build. I have a nxzt manta mini itx case, and a Asus mini itx motherboard in a box awaiting brains.

    I have been debating what to get. I just ordered the monitor I will be using for my Mac mini, and PC so I will shoot for rock solid 1440p.

    A gtx 1070 should suffice. Total cost will be around $1000, and it should run with Mac pros, let alone Mac minis.
     
  21. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    No problem! There's two generations of it, too. Probably the machine I would have gotten if I didn't have a Mac mini.
     
  22. bobpensik macrumors regular

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    I was in the same boat as you, my 2011 Mac Mini was starting to show its age and I was getting frustrated that Apple has completely ignored the Mac Mini and Mac Pro.

    I put together a small form factor mini itx build in a NCASE M1 which is not as small as my mini, but is faster, quieter and 100% upgradable.

    Windows 10 isn't horrible, but it isn't MacOS either. You can always go the hackintoah route to get the best of both worlds tho.

    For small form factor mini itx cases check out the NCASE M1, Dan Cases A4-SFX and Dr Zaber Sentry.
     
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    What sort of drive did you put in this, HDD or SSD? If HDD, which one?
     
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