Windows replacement for Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Alternatives to Mac Hardware' started by tomrehor, Jul 7, 2018.

  1. tomrehor macrumors newbie

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    I have a 10 year old Mac Mini that is just about dead. Apple keeps releasing new OS updates, but it appears they are out of the computer-hardware business.

    Can anyone recommend a good Windows replacement for a Mac Mini?
     
  2. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816

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    I'd look into the Intel NUC if you are looking for a mini desktop replacement.
     
  3. opeter macrumors 68000

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    I was also looking for an NUC, but if you want more power, it can become very expensive.

    So I did rather build myself a Mini-ITX system.

    Yes, it isn't that small, but has mostly standard desktop components, except for the GFX card (low profile Geforce GT 1030) and an SFX power supply. The case is a Chieftec BT-02B-U3, that I made some modifications to it.
     
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  5. HomeLate macrumors newbie

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    How about the HP Z2 or Zotac offers a range of mini PC's.
     
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    macgeek18 macrumors 68000

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    I'm looking into a Ryzen 5 2400G Mini build for my Mac Mini replacement. There is a ton of options out there.
     
  7. skaertus macrumors 68040

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    Do you need a mini PC?

    If you buy a PC instead of a Mac, you have an additional alternative which you do not have in the Mac environment: a desktop PC tower (which is not either an all-in-one like the iMac nor a small form factor like the Mac Mini). It is somewhat big, clumsy, and heavy, but it is the best cost/benefit.
     
  8. koyoot macrumors 603

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    You can build your own Mini PC with mITX cases. Raijintek Metis is one of better options, for mITX. You can even go fanless with Streacom DB4.
     
  9. opeter macrumors 68000

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  10. koyoot macrumors 603

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    Raijintek Metis Plus is 277 mm x 254 mm x 190 mm. It is not that much bigger in footprint from MMini, but it is much taller. The otherside of this is: you can fit in it everything you want: Intel CPU, AMD CPU, AMD GPU, Nvidia GPU, whatever.
     

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