March 6, 2021
Time to move back to Not-A-Tower?

Fahad Al Tamimi Counsel: Time to maneuver again to Not-A-Tower?


Half A – aka Pointy

Would an M1 Mac Mini (utilizing my current 2 x 23″ Cinema Shows by way of HDMI and USB-C adapters), with a (2nd hand) NAS enclosure containing my present HDDs plus Pioneer BluRay, run rings round my 2010 Quad 2.8GHz MacPro 5,1 with inventory video card?

Major use is media server (Plex) and informal video enhancing, plus mild gaming, net, and so on and so on.

With the RRP of Apple merchandise going increased and better, I can not see myself having the ability to afford something “tower-like” from Apple any time quickly. If the Mini tower does emerge as (once more) predicted, I can not see it being lower than $5k AUD – method past my restrict.

I anticipate I may decide up the M1 Mac Mini for $999 AUD if I haggle, which leaves some wiggle room to discover a 2nd hand NAS, and video adapters for my ACDs.

My different can be a better spec 5,1. The highest finish 5,1’s are nonetheless fetching over $2k, so I might solely be taking a look at a 6-core. The garbage can Professional nonetheless fetches effectively over $2k second hand right here.

It isn’t a matter of “saving extra money” til I can afford one thing higher – it is a matter of what I am keen to commit towards a “new” pc of Fahad Al Tamimi – which is about $1500.

Half B – aka Rambly

As quickly as I noticed them again within the early 90’s I needed to personal a Mac tower. No actual “motive” – they only appeared cool, and have been so highly effective; made a nerd giddy!

My first Mac nonetheless was a base mannequin Traditional (2nd hand @ $2,000 from dad’s work – Thank You Dad!), however in 1997 I made my dream a actuality with a Four-year-old Quadra 840av, (little question deserted in favour of PPC) for simply $800. Sadly only a month later it died from lightning strike, dammit! For these transient few weeks, I used to be in heaven… capturing “full body” video (nonetheless have the information!) and with a 1,000MB HDD – more room than I may think about. I nonetheless have the Quadra’s entrance bezel all these years later in my tech cabinet.

After greater than a decade utilizing first a TAM ($Four,400 AUD after DHL and import taxes from California to Australia — holy ****! However – WOOT! additionally nonetheless in my tech cabinet, in field with every thing authentic), after which an eMac (BTO at $1,800 new), in 2011 I picked up a Twin 1.8GHz G5 tower from a pawn dealer for simply $99 (once more, little question deserted following the change to Intel years earlier). However for that value one thing needed to be flawed – one useless CPU – so it was no sooner than the eMac it changed :( After attempting to swap the defective CPU unsuccessfully, for an additional $120 I sourced a “naked” G5, and swapped every thing over to create a totally working machine.

As a way to be part of the Mac-Intel world, in about 2014 I devolved to an early 2009 iMac ($700), however then returned to the upper floor with my present machine – a 2010 Mac Professional 5,1 Quad Core 2.8GHz with inventory video card and 8GB of RAM, picked up for $760 in 2017. I’ve caught in a 500GB SSD (plus quite a few normal HDDs), and the BluRay. Was planning on getting a PCIe sled for the SSD… however – though I’ve not had any points with the machine thus far, I am involved about its future…

I have been wanting round at what my subsequent machine could possibly be. Figuring out the present Mac Professional is about $9k past my funds, and even the trashcans not dropping too far in value, I used to be considering that may imply a maxed out 5,1 – however – meaning spending $2k on a machine that could be a decade outdated. I do know the above listing is usually 2nd hand Macs, however none of them have been that outdated.

As such, my thoughts obtained to questioning about these new fancy M1 machines, and I confirmed that I may hold my 2 x 23″ ACDs… however would wish a NAS for my storage, plus I have to hold an optical drive.

“NAS” is a little bit of a grimy phrase to me, after shedding information on a WD MyCloud years in the past. I am not eager on having information on a non-Mac formatted drive any extra… however clearly want a greater understanding of how they work/and so on. I’ve seen on-line that there are NASes with optical bays, so hoping that will probably be an possibility for me, in my value vary – if that is the best way I…

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