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Intel NUC 8 Mini PC: i3-8121U, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Radeon 540 2GB, Windows 10 $329.99 + Free Shipping

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Specs:
Intel i3-8121U 2.2GHz 2-Core / 4 Thread Processor
AMD Radeon 540 2GB GDDR5 Graphics
8GB LPDDR4 2400MHz Memory
1TB SATA III Hard Drive + M.2 SATA/PCIe Slot (empty)
Dual-Band 802.11ac Intel Wireless-AC 9560 + Bluetooth 5.0
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Ports:
Front:
2x USB 3.1
1x Audio Combo Jack
Rear:
2x USB 3.1
2x HDMI 2.0b
1x Gigabit Ethernet
Dimensions (approximate): 6.1" x 5" x 4.6"
Kensington Lock Support + SD Card Slot
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Can anyone comment how good this would be for a good streaming PC? I already have a gaming rig, so just curious.
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This is a good alternative to a notebook for a kid's room. Perfect for distance learning and probably good for playing Minecraft and Fortnite. I wonder how hot it might get playing games.
Exactly what I have been using an old Skull Canyon NUC as. There are limits, but not that many. This one is not capable of upgrades though.
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I'd recommend looking into the HP Elitedesk G600 line on eBay/Amazon. You can get refurbished, fully functioning computers for <$200, with better specs and room for improvement. I spent a lot of time looking at alternatives (ie. Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny), and the HP version of the ultra-mini PC is the best (a whopping 6 USB 3.0 ports)

I got an older model with a Haswell era quadcore, 8gb of ram (that can be improved to 16), a 500gb drive, and windows 10 for $150 not too long ago. Makes a great mini-server. It definitely has more power draw than an NUC (I hear it's ~35W under load), but also much more computing power, and unsoldered ram slots.
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i think for this price, a used mac mini is better deal. Obviously each person has preference. To restore MacOS is just so simple.
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I'd recommend looking into the HP Elitedesk G600 line on eBay/Amazon. You can get refurbished, fully functioning computers for <$200, with better specs and room for improvement. I spent a lot of time looking at alternatives (ie. Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny), and the HP version of the ultra-mini PC is the best (a whopping 6 USB 3.0 ports)

I got an older model with a Haswell era quadcore, 8gb of ram (that can be improved to 16), a 500gb drive, and windows 10 for $150 not too long ago. Makes a great mini-server. It definitely has more power draw than an NUC (I hear it's ~35W under load), but also much more computing power, and unsoldered ram slots.
I need something like this with i7. Do they have intel UHD graphics built in? Would be for a blue iris server
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EliteDesk 705 G4 [microcenter.com] still $399 with 2 SODIMM slots with 8GB installed, 1 M.2 slot with 256GB drive installed, 1 empty 2.5" bay, 3 year warranty, and a better CPU/GPU.
I got something similar. Was.kind of disappointed in the Vega 11 for gaming. Otherwise solid.
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Yes, but ur setting may be a bit in the lower side.
Holy crap, I never thought I'd see a lotro player in here.
I'll put it this way... My third gen i7 laptop with integrated Intel hd graphics and 4gb ram could run it playably on low (but not minimum) in 2013.
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NUC is a popular platform for ESXi and other virtualization. 8gb of ram makes it a bit tight to run many VMs.

I do agree on the power aspect, that's why I have been on the lookout for another NUC to build a homelab.
I use 4 of these in my Kubernetes cluster and it can run a crap ton of pods. I think this is a fine deal. I even got GPU CSI driver working for GPU offloading for ML.
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I use 4 of these in my Kubernetes cluster and it can run a crap ton of pods. I think this is a fine deal. I even got GPU CSI driver working for GPU offloading for ML.
Nice! I haven't made the container jump yet, so I am thinking maybe some beefier RAM/hardware to hold that extra guest OS bloat.
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To be honest while fixed RAM (Windows 10 compresses memory) is a bit of a bummer 8GB is totally good for 95% of the population.
I bought this exact unit last year specifically to use for work. (We run Hosted Virtual Desktop instead of having physical machines.) For that, it's been more than fine. In fact, I even sold my parents on one to replace their aging desktop. These are good niche machines.
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Grab the new ryzen mini pc. Minisforum and Larkbox comes to mind though I be wary on the Larkbox because it's by chuwi
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Make sure you shop around. Even on Amazon there are cheaper options for Mini PCs with i3. Some come with Windows 10 Pro which is good if you want to go headless and use Remote Desktop (although there are other free options). Also, as has been said, 8GB RAM is plenty for most uses and if it has an SSD it's even less of an issue.
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Is there something of this size (preferably from Dell) that I can use? I need to install VS and not invest in another laptop or tower.
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Sounds like you either have a bad fan or Intel used a different fan for the production run yours is out of for whatever reason. Next time you have yours open, grab the fan make & model - curious to see how it compares.
I know there are two different brands of fan that they used in this generation. Which brand fan do you have in yours? I think mine was avc.
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This makes a really nice Kodi box... as well as a great IRC hub for your TV.

I use to have a HTPC hooked up to my TV but ever since I got my new TV (built in Android OS)... I never even turn on my computer.

The only issue I see is switching out the HD to a 1 TB ssD.

I also don't see the point of using this as your prime desktop... if you want a desk top either buy one or buy one with better specs. But I DO like this....

Like usual, I can't justify this nor do I really need this.
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