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  1. New iMac with i5 or i7 Quad Core

    The quad-core 27in ones use the ATI Radeon HD 4850 graphics processor with 512MB of GDDR3 memory to quote the Apple site. The Pro has the option for the 4870. So eh.
  2. I've read through this thread but I don't think it's been mentioned, does the eSATA port work? With only 2 sata on board it would be nice to be able to use the eSATA for a media/storage drive.
  3. I second the ASUS P5N7A. Here's the thread. Here's the board.
  4. Asus P5N7A-VM

    Cave Man (I loved Captain Caveman back in the day btw) What kind of case are you running? You mentioned it's a small form factor right? A lot of those are known for having poor ventilation or heat related issues. There are a lot of people out there that swear by after market thermal compounds like Artic Silver or Tuniq. Give them a shot. They are fairly inexpensive ($5 - $10 or so). Do clean off the old compound before you apply the new stuff.
  5. I was referring to the GA-E7AUM-DS2H. I was also interested in that one but after reading both the threads on that and the ASUS, it looks like the ASUS is the one to go with. As far as installs go, I'm sure there is a work around. I didn't think of that as I have working macs to do an install from.
  6. The ASUS P5N7A-VM is nearly 100%. It seems to be way more stable than the Gigabyte board. Read the whole thread here. If you need a tiny, little M-ITX board, some people are having some success with the Zotac 9300-ITX. Give it a little while and it may be a viable option.
  7. Is new mac mini upgradable?

    Yeah, New Egg should have what you want. 2.5" sata drives are what the mini takes. I upgraded the wife's laptop with WD 200gb 7200rpm for not much money. A short note on pricing. While you don't get a keyboard or mouse with a mini, you do get a wireless N draft card and bluetooth along with a firewire 800 jack. Not too many PC's come with those out of the box.
  8. Macmini graphic problem at startup

    There have been some issues with the Mini's and Samsung TVs. Check the forums over at 123macmini.com.
  9. need to record audio only, application for that?

    Garageband works ok for that. I used to use it to record voice breaks for my online radio show. Pretty easy to understand and make it work.
  10. Microsoft Ads Take Aim At Mac Prices

    Really? You could build a mac mini for $250? You could build one "sorta" like it for $300 or so. It would be a lot larger. It probably wouldn't come with wireless N and bluetooth incorporated. It would not come with a built in IR or firewire 800. It wouldn't have a slot loading drive DVD burner but I'm kinda "ehn" on those anyway. Oh yeah, it would not come with Leopard installed (that's $130 right there). So you end up with a computer that takes up a lot more desk space and needs a lot of add ons to do everything the mini does out of the box. This is why the pricing issue always gets exaggerated. People fail to factor in all that Macs have built in from the start. Everyone just looks at RAM, processor and storage space and make the call on that. Laptops are a little more even but then you get into the backlit LED screens and such that I don't know much about (I've been stuck on desktops for awhile). Are Macs overpriced? Absolutly. Are they as overpriced as everyone says they are? No. Now, are the "upgrades" offered through Apple a total rip off? You bet your ass they are. Good thing we can do those ourselves and save a mint. For me, personally, the choice between a Mac Mini and a Hack is a tough call. When more used samples of the latest Mini start showing up, it will be tougher still. Cause I am poor and I don't buy new.
  11. If I were in your shoes then I would get the Asus p5n7a-vm. It seems to be running a bit more stable than the Gigabyte GA-E7AUM-DS2H. The Asus also has HDMI out, Nvidia 9300 onboard graphics and unlike the Gigabyte, you can use more than 2 gigs of ram. Sleep, Shutdown ect all work. You will need to make sure you use RAM from the Asus QVL. All the info is here. Plus right now New Egg has open box ones for $84.
  12. iTunes 8.1

    On what standards are you judging it to be subpar? Audio quality? User interface? Stability? I'm not trying to start anything, I am genuinely curious because I haven't used much else besides iTunes on a mac. With that, and my usb DAC, my digital front end sounds better than many $1000 and up CD players I've heard. Are there better options out there?

    Some cat named Glenn says he has it working over in the reviews at newegg. He states he used DD's method which a quick google search turns up this http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php...p;#entry1001989 I hope that helps. Good luck.
  14. Zotac 9300-ITX WiFi

    Well {censored}. It would still make a real nice HTPC though.
  15. From what I've been reading, it seems the Asus is the better working of the two. Check out the thread with full instructions and DSDTs The Gigabyte still seems to have the 2 gig RAM limit and the Zotac ITX is as of yet untested (but tempting and promising).