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Put "IN-STORE ONLY" !
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No ram or ssd included?
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No ram or ssd included?
Barebones?
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No ram or ssd included?
Nope. It's CPU + motherboard + case + power supply in a super-small form factor. You can tack on a 250GB M.2 Samsung SSD [amazon.com] for $117 (or ADATA's 128GB one [amazon.com] for about $60) and a single 4GB SODIMM for as low as $30 to make a complete machine (minus OS and peripherals). It makes a great HTPC if you have an unused Windows 10 license or can get a new one for cheap. Note that 7th-gen NUC requires Windows 10; you won't be able to install Kaby Lake graphics drivers on Windows 7, 8 or 8.1.

Note that this is the BNK model, so it only accepts an M.2 SSD, not a 2.5" one. If you opt for the BNH model, which is taller, you can fit a 2.5" 7mm drive, which may be an SSD or an HDD that is 7mm tall or less -- that usually means a newer mechanical drive that is 2TB or less. Seagate sells 3TB and 4TB 2.5" HDDs that are 15mm, which will not fit in the BNH model.
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Deskmini is better IMHO
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Can we add NVDIA graphics card as a peripheral to do graphics intensive work ?
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Deskmini is better IMHO
Ditto. Deskmini with the "full" version cpu typically runs twice as fast the NUC with everything else is equal.
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Man the ASRock Deskmini looks awesome, but dang Windows 10 only. Lame.
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Man the ASRock Deskmini looks awesome, but dang Windows 10 only. Lame.
Windows 10 only? What you want Ubuntu? I'd take it but I'm not sure my family would
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Ditto. Deskmini with the "full" version cpu typically runs twice as fast the NUC with everything else is equal.
It really depends on your use case. Personally, I like that the NUC is a low-power device with a fan that is barely audible (when it is even running). In fact, the i3 model might be passively cooled, as it's a laptop SKU (but I would need to verify that, as I have a NUC7i5BNH.)

Having said that, I didn't realize that the DeskMini was a thing. Very cool. If it supported Skylake with Windows 8.1 (and not just 10), I would consider picking one up.

It's worth noting that the DeskMini plus a desktop i3-7xxx is probably going to cost more than this particular deal, although it might be the same or less than what the NUC7i3BNK normally retails for.

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Can we add NVDIA graphics card as a peripheral to do graphics intensive work ?
I doubt it, not unless you can find something that hooks up via USB without Thunderbolt. Now, there are some eGPUs that run on a Thunderbolt port, but the NUC7i3BNK's USB-C port doesn't feature Thunderbolt. The NUC7i5BNK and BNH do feature Thunrderbolt, though, so you probably could use an eGPU with one of those.
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I still say a refurbished Lenovo ThinkCenter Tiny with i3 (7th Gen), 8GB DDR4, 500GB HDD, and Win 10 for $307 is a better deal even though it is refurbished. I think the Lenovo is actually smaller too.
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I still say a refurbished Lenovo ThinkCenter Tiny with i3 (7th Gen), 8GB DDR4, 500GB HDD, and Win 10 for $307 is a better deal even though it is refurbished. I think the Lenovo is actually smaller too.
Where can one get this?
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Where can one get this?
You need to stalk this website:
https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/outletus/desktops-and-all-in-ones/c/DESKTOPS?IPromoID=LEN689940
[lenovo.com]

The models go in and out of stock. So, you have to look often. I think some get priced wrong.

The deal I got (also came with a mouse, keyboard, and one year on-site warranty):

Item:
ThinkCentre M710q Tiny - Refurbished

Part No: 10MRCTR1WW-MJ05MV45
Configuration Details
● Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-7100T Processor (3M Cache, 3.40 GHz)
● Operating System: Windows 10 Home Premium 64 - English
● Display Type: None - Desktop
● Memory: 8GB DDR4 2400 SoDIMM Memory
● Hard Drive: 500GB, 7200RPM Serial ATA 2.5" Hard Drive
● Optical Drive:
● Warranty: 1 Year On-Site Warranty
● Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 630
● Form Factor: Tiny Black

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$307.99

The M710q I got has an open SoDIMM slot, an open M.2 slot, and an open mini PCIe slot (for Wifi card). It is actually a really nice little box.
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Glad to see someone like FrugalGamer nailed it in regards to the Apples-to-Oranges comparisons going on here. This NUC isn't the same thing as the Deskmini; comparing them to each other really isn't fair to either product.

This particular NUC is obviously not for someone who expects to have two 2.5" devices and whatever compatible processor their heart desires. On the other hand, if just you want something that's going to make a great HTPC and/or dead simple "desktop", it's really freaking hard to beat for this price. (I don't think the Deskmini is really any cheaper once you factor in a comparable processor; but its strength is those two 2.5" bays)

Also keep in mind this NUC is quite a bit smaller at 4.5 x 4.4 x 1.4 vs. 6.1 x 6.1 x 3.1 for the Deskmini. I've often thought about getting a NUC for a CarPC... maybe one of these days. Wink
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