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That's an enormous full-sized power-hungry desktop computer. Really not the same animal. Also it's an ivy bridge CPU, so only HD4000 graphics. I would certainly choose a mac mini over that, at $100 lower cost (you forgot to pay for Windows).
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2013 on The 2013 HTPC Build at Coding Horror
Also while it's not quite as slick, you can pick up a cheapo i3 laptop for $350 or so with an i3 and just stick it below your TV closed. Makes a great HTPC and comes with a built-in UPS.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2013 on The 2013 HTPC Build at Coding Horror
$139 CPU $079 Mobo $049 RAM $079 case $050 pico PSU $100 120GB SSD (much more reasonable choice) $100 windows 8 non-pro ----------------------- $596 Compare to a mac mini at $599, with a FAR superior form factor and noise level, sitting at 11w idle. You do lose the SSD, which is significant for desktop interactive use, but doesn't make any difference for playing movies in XBMC or Plex. You could knock off $100 using Linux, but then you lose a lot of games as well as netflix from the couch. That may change soon; netflix works on linux in WINE now, but doesn't work with a remote control in plex or XBMC. Current mac minis are still ivy bridge, so you're stuck with HD4000 video, which sucks even more than the anemic HD4400 for gaming, but haswell versions will be out soon enough, and apple will use either the HD4600 or the HD5000. Also regarding the steambox, I would certainly wait until Valve's announcement next week before building one.
Toggle Commented Sep 18, 2013 on The 2013 HTPC Build at Coding Horror
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