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Mark2d2
September 11th, 2009, 09:58 AM
well i finally got the money to buy a mac mini :D

i want to use it mainly as a media center with boxee... i was looking at the forums and some ppl say they have problems running blu ray rips and other dont, so wich one should i get??

i have a macbook pro unibody 2.53 4 gb ram, i was thinking if it was possible to put that 4 gb of ram on the mini cause im getting 8 gb for the mbp, can i do that?

plus can any one recomend me a good external hdd?? should i get firewire or usb 2.0?

thx

PS. Srry for my english

TomyLo
September 18th, 2009, 04:40 PM
Uhmm... Mac mini is "ok" for a media center but not the ideal media center you want, depending on how serious you are... I bought a really kick ass media player from Korea, it's called Tvix and it totally kicks a-s-s

http://www.tvix.co.kr/eng/products/HDM7000A.aspx

lament
September 18th, 2009, 06:56 PM
More RAM isn't going to help.

Having a fast processor and VDPAU acceleration (with the Linux version of Boxee) would definitely help.

And if you have enough money to buy a Mac Mini, then you have enough money to put together an HTPC (http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=10942892) that you can run Linux on and have GPU acceleration. :)

gatherlight
September 23rd, 2009, 05:33 AM
Uhmm... Mac mini is "ok" for a media center but not the ideal media center you want, depending on how serious you are... I bought a really kick ass media player from Korea, it's called Tvix and it totally kicks a-s-s

http://www.tvix.co.kr/eng/products/HDM7000A.aspx

I'll have to disagree.

The TViX is not a computer and in my opinion does even come close to what a media server should do. It is basically a hard drive that connects to your TV and will play content on the hard drive. "Serious" media centers will want to have a web browser to connect to content on the web such as Netflix, Hulu, ABC, etc...

perrin21
September 24th, 2009, 08:32 AM
I would suggest building a media center like i have. details in the signature. Works great.

lament
September 24th, 2009, 12:27 PM
I would suggest building a media center like i have. details in the signature. Works great.

That's more than a Mac Mini costs tho.

Here's my suggestion (http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=10942892).

wileyj
October 8th, 2009, 09:31 PM
go with the new mac mini.

it works perfectly out of the box, 1080p runs smooth on it.
the other suggestions are all fine...but the main problem there is that it requires "work" to get it up and running. i don't want to have to admin my teevee, so the mini is def the way to go.

2.0Ghz *can* run 1080p, but it's not the best. some fast sequences can get a little choppy. what i did is went to the apple store and really ran those boxes through the paces to see the difference (which is why i decided to wait for the newer mini to come out).

bonus is that a mini is really really small, and it looks pretty good.
and for the price, it's a great deal. it's possible to build a machine that's equal or better, with as comparable form factor, but i doubt you can pull it off for under $600.

for external drive, i have 2 that i use occasionally---an iomega that sits on top of the mini (same form factor--another bonus to the mini, it's stackable and looks good), but the new mini's are only usb (usb 2.0, but still). so far it seems fast enough though.
i also use a passport usb, which is also plenty fast.

lament
October 9th, 2009, 12:20 AM
go with the new mac mini.

it works perfectly out of the box, 1080p runs smooth on it.
the other suggestions are all fine...but the main problem there is that it requires "work" to get it up and running. i don't want to have to admin my teevee, so the mini is def the way to go.

yes, if you have absolutely no experience with computers, don't want to learn anything new in your life by building a computer from scratch (which is quite easy), and want to spend more money than you need to.. definitely get the Mac Mini. :rolleyes:

2.0Ghz *can* run 1080p, but it's not the best. some fast sequences can get a little choppy.

actually, 2GHz can run 1080p if you use the Linux version of Boxee with a compatible Nvidia GPU (which uses VDPAU GPU acceleration). That would require something other than a Mac tho.

bonus is that a mini is really really small, and it looks pretty good.
and for the price, it's a great deal. it's possible to build a machine that's equal or better, with as comparable form factor, but i doubt you can pull it off for under $600.

you must've missed my link above (http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=10942892) that specs out a faster computer with more HDD space and RAM for less than $499. ;)

Throw in a cheapo keyboard and it puts it just over $500 shipped with tax to California after $25 in rebates.

Mark2d2
October 22nd, 2009, 01:14 AM
hey thx every body for your replys, ive been busy with the medicine school, tons of exams.

ok well building a htpc its not for me, i dont have experience neither time as you can see.

i would go for mac os i love it, windows' not an option, im not going back. linux? never tryed it maybe i can give it a shot...

how about the new mac mini? the one that is 2.53 is just like my last year unibody mbp

*money its not an issue

PS does anyone know how can i rip my tv series?..... i know english but i like to have spanish subs, do boxee download subs on tv series as on the movies?

thx agn

marcel
October 22nd, 2009, 03:08 AM
New mac mini looks sexy ...

PS does anyone know how can i rip my tv series?..... i know english but i like to have spanish subs, do boxee download subs on tv series as on the movies?


Yep Boxee will download the subtitles for TV series...