Are there PC computers similar to Mac Mini? – Super User

July 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Every thing you Need to Know

They aren’t quite as small as the Mac Mini, but the Shuttle XPC barebones are nice pieces of kit and very quiet. The later models support Ivy Bridge, dual slot graphics cards, USB 3 and up to 32GB. they also have a rather nice looking case design and happily run Windows or Linux.

The barebones come with a motherboard pre-installed, so all you need to do is buy memory, CPU, graphics card (assuming you don’t want to use the on-board one), DVD-RW and a hard-drive.

The downsides are that they are more expensive than a mid-tower ATX, have less expandability (due to less slots) and you have to be careful when purchasing your graphics card in case you get one which is too big (which is becoming harder and harder since many of them are now dual-slot).

(I’ve got a Shuttle SG32G2 (circa 2009) and the single slot Asus Radeon HD 6770 I just bought is slightly too wide so I cannot get the case properly on, which is annoying)

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