Which Mac Mini for HTS

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by wicked23, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. wicked23 macrumors member

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    So if I wanted to purchase a new 2011 mac mini for a home theater system would the $599 one be sufficient or would the $799 with the better graphics card be far superior. I plan on using it primary for streaming movies and housing all my music, movies, and photos.
     
  2. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    Im thinking to do the same. I think the $599 one is more than enough since the old Mini ran as a MTPC just fine and this is much better. I would however put more memory (4GB) so things dont get bogged down. The memory upgrade (not thru Apple) is likely to be something like $75 and your time to install.

    For $125 more (assuming you agree you need 4gb RAM, else $200 more) you get a better CPU, more memroy and better graphics.

    -Rippey
     
  3. Sdevante macrumors 6502

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    That's the dilemma they have me in as well... but for only ~$100 more, I guess I'll just make the investment.
     
  4. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    since I am going to upgrade the RAM and use Parallels with the Mini, I am just going to cough up the $125 and get the upgrade, if anything if I wanted to do more, the horsepower is there.

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  5. mrklaw macrumors 68000

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    I'm tempted to get the base one. For plex the memory should be more than enough, and then if it gets sluggish just throw in 4/8GB ram from crucial.

    Looking forward to it, the increased CPU will help with plex transcoding to appleTV clients around the house.

    Wonder if its worth getting the AMD GPU version though - either for decoding more efficiently or perhaps DTS-HD support?
     
  6. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    .......well for $125 more, you save yourself the headache (well not that much of a headache) in upgrading the memory yourself, better CPU and graphics. For that I would just upgrade. It wont hurt and $125 is not that much (figuring memory will be $75 with shipping)

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  7. profets macrumors 68040

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    For parallels and more than just HTPC use i'd go for the 799 model.

    But for pure HTPC use, HD video, plex, etc, I'd personally go for 599 and leave the ram as 2GB. Definitely more than powerful enough for that.
     
  8. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Headache? You take out the old RAM and stick the new RAM in. Takes about a minute or less. Any idiot can do that.
     
  9. mrklaw macrumors 68000

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    difference in price in UK store

    base model £529
    4GB model £699

    thats £170 difference for 2GB more and a GPU. Thats about $250

    edit: difference in US store is $200. where do you get $125 from?
     
  10. santosmarco macrumors newbie

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  11. MTI macrumors 65816

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    For an HTS . . . wouldn't the last gen be the best, since it had HDMI and an optical drive . . . and soon to be available from all the fanatics that "just have to" upgrade? ;)
     
  12. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    Depends. My 2.4Ghz 2010 Mac Mini was choking on some higher end 1080p Blu-Ray rips.
     
  13. profets macrumors 68040

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    I'm not very familiar with OSX, but shouldn't be the nvidia 320 be able to easily handle it if the software is able to offload to the gpu?
     
  14. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    I got $125 figuring you will pay $75 to buy memory and install yourself. the $75 is a sunk cost if you know you are upgrading the memory so the difference really is $125 (again assuming you are going to upgrade to 4GB anyway)

    -Rippey
     
  15. mrrippey macrumors regular

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    That's why I said not that much of a headache ;)

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  16. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    You'd think, but that's not what's been happening apparently
     

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