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HeavyC
December 10th, 2009, 06:10 PM
I'm thinking about picking up a used Mac Mini and one of the uses would be for Boxee, but I'm having a hard time figuring out how old of a Mini I can pick up. I ultimately would like it to be capable of 1080p video playback, and I'm not sure if I can do that with one of the older Core Duo Minis, or if I need to get one of the newer Core 2 Duos.

Any advice? Thanks.

unisonband
December 10th, 2009, 07:01 PM
Do yourself a favor and get the best one you can get. If you plan on watching HD content def. get a Core 2 Duo and a min of 4 GB RAM, especially if you plan on running programs in the background. That's what I'm running, and even when I'm downloading and have other various programs running everything runs ultra smooth :cool:

Remember you could always upgrade the RAM too if you find a core 2 duo on ebay or something...the typical RAM that comes is 1 GB. I upgraded mine myself, but it is a bit difficult...

gatherlight
December 11th, 2009, 12:47 AM
Agreed. You should get a anything with an Intell core 2 duo processor. These processors are in the last year and half or so of Mac Minis. Anything older than that, such as a core 1 processor, you are going to have issues with playing 1080 content. Anything PowerPC will not work at all. Boxee does not support it.

as to RAM, I have 2 gigs in mine and they work fine if all your doing with the computer is playing shows.