Who Said a Mac mini M1 and a Supercharged Gaming PC Can’t Get Along? Macs aren’t known to be great at gaming, so it’s natural for a lot of people to keep a Mac next to a rigged gaming rig. It’s easy to switch between the two these days, as we’ll see in today’s computer setup with a massive TV screen and a slightly more modest monitor.
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Professional marketer and Redditor ghostintheshell recently published an article titled “Mac Mini M1 + PC Setup“. In it, they list a terrific Mac mini with 16GB of built-in RAM and a rather spacious 2TB Solid State Drive (SSD).
M1 Mac mini gets on with a monster gaming PC
Hey, you would think that a powerful Mac mini M1 like this could surely be used for gaming. But Ghost has bigger gaming ambitions. So they took a Corsair 5000D Airflow tempered glass ATX Mid Tower case and filled it with goodies worthy of the game.
Inside the Corsair gaming PC case is a 12-core 5900X processor, 64GB of RAM, a 2TB NVMe SSD and a XFX Speedster MERC319 AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT gaming graphics card black.
That’s a lot of gaming PCs. Maybe PCs like this give Macs a bad reputation for gaming. Not that Macs need a lot of help in this department.
Real estate on the big screen
Ghost uses its machines with two screens, a large LG Smart TV and an LG Ultrafine monitor in portrait (vertical) mode. They said they recently used a 49-inch curved monitor, but all of the “back and forth” swings took a toll on the neck. And now they feel like they’re ordering even more screen space.
As you can see in the photo, the 48 inch LG 48CX Smart OLED TV is a beast to keep on the desktop. Built for gaming, the AI-powered 4K machine includes Nvidia G-Sync, FreeSync, and a native 120Hz refresh rate for smooth motion and minimal lag.
Not to be outdone either, the 32-inch LG 4K HDR ultra-thin screen sits on the left in portrait mode on an LG Ergo stand. It has HDR 10 compatibility and a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels running at 60 Hz.
Easy connectivity, as well as system and screen switching
When asked if they had any issues with the Mac mini’s USB-C connectivity to the 32-inch LG monitor, Ghost said no, it works fine. And they use the Mac mini with the large LG Smart TV via an HDMI cable.
Because they use both machines for work and the PC for games, they said they were running a “dual instance of Windows on the PC to keep things separate.”
To manage the use of a set of input devices with two computers, Ghost uses Synergy software. To switch between screens, they use LG TV remote control.
“The LG has a remote control like a TV,” Ghost said. “I just changed the entrances this way. It’s a bit boring but I don’t change often. I usually watch on my left and work on the main one.
Cool audio and input devices
Ghost has an impressive array of audio equipment. They are equipped with a microphone and a Blue Yeti stand, a Schiit headphone amplifier and a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and Sennheiser HD650 on-ear headphones.
There is also a NovelKeys NK65 mechanical keyboard with Silent Alpaca switches and Drop Laser keys.
Next to the well-appointed keeb is a bright white Corsair M65 RGB Elite FPS gaming mouse. It has aadvanced optical game sensor. It is TThe incapable weight system allows you to adjust the mouse’s center of gravity according to your grip and even reduce its weight. There’s even a “sniper button” to, you know, kill stuff.
Two more screens, mainly for fun
And you might notice a few interesting things that several reviewers have asked about – the two small screens in the photo, one above and one below the vertical monitor on the left.
At the top is a Divoom Pixoo-Max Pixel display for adjustable decorative purposes. You can control the picture. Here it appears to display the time. Below is a LaMetric Time Wi-Fi clock, which Ghost calls a “very cool gadget.” For their own reasons, they put “$ 295.21” on it.
The “Spaceman” wallpaper on the monitor in portrait mode is from Unsplash. The main monitor wallpaper that matches the mouse pad is from Kuiper, like the large mouse pad itself.