Originally Posted by Nicnac
My next computer build is a home server built around an Intel q9300, Win XP, new hard drive, ram, moboard for about $500.
Mkay...why isn't the mini a decent home server? As a server even a desktop Unix is superior to WinXP.
The one after that is going to be a bluray, remote control, network browsing HTPC built around an Intel e8400, Win XP (Vista be damned), in a nice Omaura case, for under $800. If I could do either with a Mac for a REASONABLE price, I would be all over it.
Another use that the mini is pretty good for since it's small, quiet and already has a remote. Get the base mini and attach an external BluRay FW drive. I don't think there's an internal drive that will fit yet. Maybe, I haven't looked.
Although, I'd likely just get a PS3 if I wanted BluRay right now. It seems unlikely that for under $800 you'll end up with HDMI output.
All of you are missing the real point of this argument. Apple needs to sell us powerful Macs for less then $1k (and no, I don't mean $999 or things on sale for $899 or whatever).
They do. It's called a mini. It could use another update and a speed bump but it is a powerful Mac...great for the two uses you mention above.
Not a good gaming box though or for older PPC code under rosetta.
Rich snobs who are willing to drop $1k+ every year on a new Mac need not comment. Keep this in mind as the US economy continues to decline. Eventually, Apple will be recognized as the luxury it is and will be dropped.
Most folks don't replace their Mac every year. I have the first rev MBP and it still is a fine machine because it's not bogged by the OS. There's a performance difference between when I have in Bootcamp/XP and OSX. XP with all the various IT required goop to keep it secure is very sluggish.
Eh...my buying strategy with Windows was to get a cheaper mid-grade tower every year. My strategy with Mac was to get the best I could reasonably afford and keep it longer.
I still use my G4 Quicksilver today. The same generation Dell (a 1.7 Ghz P4) is a lot less useful. TCO wise, about the same given that I upgraded more often on the PC side.
Now, with bootcamp, there's no reason to get a PC.