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Im a complete noob to all this server,htpc stuff so bare with me please.
I am a lifelong Mac user so the thought of having to go to windows to get into
the blu ray ripping, server aspect of HT is a little traumatic for me.
Not impossible but if avoidable, mores the better.

I'm trying to rap my head around the whole media server, htpc concept and there is
a lot of information!!!
I get the idea of having all my media in one place, not having to fumble with BR discs and CDs and such.
It seems that in the Mac world the mini is the weapon of choice,thats cool but I have an older MacPro thats just sitting in my
basement.
Would it be up to the task? I know it does not have HDMI outs, so is that a deal breaker?
Can the DVI out be used with an HDMI adapter?
Has anyone tried using one these vintage monsters ias a sefrver?

Well, thats a lot of questions, but its a rainy Saturday here in Brooklyn so any responses
would be greatly appreciated.

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usually when people around here talk about using a Mac as a media server they're not also using it as media player--they have Macs or other devices, such as an Apple TV, that act as players connected to displays and then they have a centralized server, something that's on the network that all the other devices can call upon for media, so in that sense what video connections a "media server" has isn't really important. Set it up once with a display, then run it headless if you want and screen share in from time to time. As long as you wire it up over gigabit you should be fine, that'll make it easier and more responsive for the other Macs, Apple TVs and iOS devices to access over your home network. Of course, you can use a Mac as both a media server AND media player but that's up to you. Some choose a NAS to handle their centralized storage, but Apple wants you to have iTunes open and running on a Mac, that's why many of us feel there's value in dedicating a Mac solely to media server duties, it's very convenient having iTunes home sharing always on, your Mac Pro would do fine in this role, especially if you could tuck the Mac Pro out of the way in a closet. The main reason the Mini is so valued around here is because it is small and quiet enough to put right next to an HDTV, powerful enough to play the toughest blu ray and serve content to other devices, readily available as a refurb and still quite user customizable--you can easily add your own RAM and relatively easily install two of your own drives/SSDs inside. So do consider the Mini as your front end, but don't think your Mac Pro wouldn't be up to the task in the back end. It'll be a fine whole house media server.
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thanks so much for that response!
just the kind of information I was hoping for.

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Ok, so I got my 2008 Mac Pro from the repair place.
After more reading and research, I think I'm gonna use it as a media server running plex.
In osx.
What I'm not sure about is what I can use as a front end to my TV?
Apple TV, roku, WD?
Which of these little boxes works best with osx and plex?
Also, while I have your attention, if I get an internal blu ray drive for the pro, will makeMV be all i need
To rip my blu rays and DVDs ?

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So to answer my own question (yes, it seems its come to that in this forum)
I will look at the roku as a media player to use with plex media center.
Not sure how well roku 3 is working with plex, if anyone would care to comment
That would be novel (and also appreciated)
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