Mac Mini Type PC

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  1. Koolpc

    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    My mate loves my new Mac Mini but hates the OS!! Doesn't want to try Bootcamp either.

    Now, could some kind person spec a PC that is almost the same size as the Mac mini? Not sure on budget so as long as it is at least dual core and can run 8gig ram that would be fine. He would probably be using a Pico PSU.

    Main thing is it needs to be same size as Mac Mini!! :D
     
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    Virtually impossible on a custom build...

    If you start with one of the Zotac boards (http://www.kustompcs.co.uk/acatalog/ITX_Motherboards.html) and an i3 or 5, add a low profile graphics card and the RAM, you're starting to get on the right lines, but you'll never get it as small as the Mac Mini.

    When the first one came out, some dude gutted one out and fitted PC components, then crowed with triumph when he finished it.
    But it didn't have an optical drive, it didn't have bluetooth, I'm pretty sure it didn't have WiFi, and it was slower than a vauxhall nova firing on one cylinder.

    Those Zotac boards offer a serious chance to do the job properly now, but you'll need to have a case slightly bigger, or build a custom case for it.
     
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    NickB Old School

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    Any particular reason against Boot Camp?

    Nick
     
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    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    Wesena-ITX2 looks like a good case. What components could i use? Would a Pico PSU be ok?
     
  6. movinginthedark

    movinginthedark Trogdor...

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    Like Latency said, look at the Zotac boards. Once you've decided on a board and processor, you can build your system up from there.

    What do you/your mate wanna do with the machine? I'm assuming it's not for gaming?
    And a Pico PSU should be fine for your needs (again, as long as you don't drop a graphics card in there that requires a power plant to run it).
     
  7. Koolpc

    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    No gaming. Guess a 160w Pico PSU is good. What would be a good CPU to use with that and mobo? i3? Would be using a 2.5 HD and a slim dvdrw. Would like 8gig ram. Photoshop would be its use mostly. Onboard GPU would be fine.
     
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    movinginthedark Trogdor...

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    Depends on the cooling setup and your budget. If you can stretch to it - go i5 and invest in some decent low-pro cooling and quiet fans :)
    Failing that, an i3 would still be good, and I would imagine the overall heat output between similar models (i3 - i5 respectively) isn't all that different.

    I'm assuming you're going air cooling and not going for some crazy watercooling in a tiny case setup :p
     
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    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    Air is good enough for me.
     
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    http://www.asrock.com/nettop/index.asp

    ASRock Nettops are about the closest you'll find to Mac Mini. We'll be listing the i3 models shortly, I believe there's i5 variants planned for the future.

    [​IMG]
     
  11. BloomerzUK

    BloomerzUK I'm back!

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    They looks pretty awesome!
     
  12. six5tring

    six5tring Silent Kristian Konsumer

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    Seconded
     
  13. Koolpc

    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    Waw, they look nice!! What price you expecting them to go for Graeme?
     
  14. Koolpc

    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    Think they are goin to be expensive looking on the net.

    I think i would prefer to build my own with the Wesena Mini ITX2 Case
     
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    I've worked with an early Atom version of the Nettop series, nice little computer, but it wasn't very quick because of the Atom platform.

    Shame if the i3 one will be expensive, but then the Mac Mini ain't cheap compared to the 1st gen G4 model, which was the only real value one.
     
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    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    Trying to sell my Mac Mini now. Just hate Apple OS!!
     
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    shuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun ;)
     
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    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    Seriously thinking of building a system with the Lian Q07. Wesena looks great but not sure what to do there. I know the heatsink would be tight. Does the Pico come with extra connectors for sata and 12v mobo 4pin connector? So, if building with the Q07:

    Now, i would want a very quiet modular PSU if not a Pico PSU. 8gig ram, what CPU / Mobo combination? An i3? It would have to have onboard gpu. Hard drive would be my existing 250g 2.5 7200 one. I would use my existing DVDRW too.

    So, what you think guys? Dont want to ramp the price up.
     
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    six5tring Silent Kristian Konsumer

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    Thank you for reminding me! I still have one a brand new red one somewhere in my house!
     
  20. Koolpc

    Koolpc Not From Earth

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    Right, final spec, i think. Only thing now, should i go for the Wesena or the Lian Q07?

    Is the spec below feasable?

    Samsung Spinpoint M7 250GB 2.5" Notebook Hard Drive
    Lian Li PC-Q07B, Black
    Corsair Memory 8GB DDR3 SO-DIMM PC3-10600 (1333) Dual Channel
    Powercool PSUPC450AUBAM 450W Modular Power Supply
    Intel CPU i3 2100T Sandy Bridge Dual Core Processor
    Asus P8H67-I Deluxe Rev.3.0 Intel H67 Socket 1155 Motherboard (Or would the non deluxe version be better)
    SATA 22x DVD Writer SAMSUNG SH-S222AB/BEBE

    I already own Windows 64bit Retail


    Do the above items look ok?

    Advice sought. Ta