Mac Mini or VIA EPIA SP13000 based system

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Grouch, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. Grouch

    Grouch Guest

    Basically Im looking for a 2nd computer meant for 90% Porn, OT, School Work. 10% 5 year old games. ie unreal, starcraft, civ 3

    I've never owned a mac, the mac mini looks great, seems to be decently powerful as macs go and would be tons easier to set up.

    If I got the VIA EPIA SP13000 route I want to build it into an old NES case. Performance would be more than enough for what I'm looking for but cost and labor would be the deciding factors.

    Does anyone have thoughts or oppinoins on either of these.
  2. moron101

    moron101 New Member

    Oct 23, 2005
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    Oakland, CA
    turn your free time into money
    than turn your free money into time by buying long expensive vacations
    so yes, time is money, if you want to spend lots of time, go with Via route, if your fiddle time is valuable to you and could better be wasted doing other things, think mac

  3. PeacefulAnarchy

    PeacefulAnarchy You get one for the money, two for the show, three

    Aug 10, 2005
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    Long Island, NY, USA
    Heh...I would suggest the Mac Mini. It can emulate a system with the equivalent speed of the VIA EPIA platform (Face it they really are pieces of shit) and run Mac OS as well.

    Or you could build a quality mATX system into an Aspire X-QPack case, like I did. Ripped my gaming machine outta my MGE Viper, smacked it and an X800XL AGP into the Aspire, and I'm lovin' it :bigthumb:.

    The Aspire is sturdy to the point of ridicule after you install your parts, and it's lightweight, has EXCELLENT airflow (I cannot emphasize that enough, the side vents suck in so much air you'd swear an Ionic Breeze was in it!), it's a sheer joy to work on, unlike my MGE Viper tower or other mATX cube cases, and looks smashing as well!

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