Originally Posted by mackworth
Processor - 243.79
To be fair, retail
pricing on socket P chips is intentionally ridiculous. You can get a 2GHz socket P chip on ebay for less than $100.
But that's not really relevant to the the overall argument that the mac mini is overpriced and under performing as an HTPC.This
Much faster processor, 4x the RAM, 4x the HDD capacity, blu-ray, wireless N, proper HDMI with multichannel audio, full featured media remote and a HTPC-friendly wireless keyboard/mouse. All for $150 less
than the cheapest mac mini. You could install Ubuntu and XBMC on this box for $0 and have a better, more customizable UI than Plex. The only thing a mini has that this setup doesn't is bluetooth, and that can be remedied with a $15 USB dongle if you need it.
Look, I've got nothing against Macs. Any time one of my computer-illiterate family or friends asks me what kind of PC they should buy, I always tell them to get a Mac. They're great for everything that 90% of users use them for, they're almost completely virus/spyware free, and they're not easily broken by people who don't know what they're doing. I bought my mother a mini a few years back because I was tired of having to drive down and fix her Windows PC every other week.
HTPCs are a different animal. There are specific technical requirements that must be met, and some level of technical savvy is required for building/configuring one regardless of the OS you choose. When compared to building your own machine from parts, purchasing a mac is a vastly inferior option. What reasonable person would pay more
money for such severely limited
hardware and software?