I had until recently an Intel Mac Mini Dual-Core that served as combined fileserver (external harddrive) and Media Center for playback of DVD, DivX, Xvid, mkv, etc.
It has now passed to the eternally white fields of Apple - just outside warranty. Since I've decided NOT to redo my experience with Apple (it has caused me no end of grief (and cost) - hardware and software related) I'm looking for an alternative.
It needs to be no noisier than the Mac-Mini, which was at the ok level, and it shouldn't be too
much bigger. Of courser quieter and smaller is always better.
priority is low noise (which is obviously why I'm here), although at an affordable price (Not much more expensive than the Mac-Mini, which is ~â‚¬500), and preferably prebuilt.
Size is of minor concern although I don't want a tower next to my TV obviously
My main problem is that I really don't know how much CPU I need to run a good Media Center (ie DivX/XVid, mkv, etc. viewing). Can the new Atom processors handle that or do I need a Core 2 duo?
I've been looking at TranquilPC and their offerings, which look very nice - but does anyone have any experience with their products for this purpose?
I hope someone can help me with some good advise.