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Intel NUC Bean Canyon Barebones Mini Computer Kit: i7-8559U EXPIRED

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BH Photo Video has Intel NUC Bean Canyon Barebones Mini Computer Kit (BOXNUC8I7BEH1, Tall) on sale for $339.99. Shipping is free. Thanks Dealhunter30

Note: This is a barebones system and does not come with memory, a storage drive, or an operating system.

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  • Intel Core i7-8559U 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
  • Open Bays/Slots:
    • 2x DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM Memory Slots
    • 1x M.2 2280 Slot (supports up to 32GB Intel Optane Memory)
    • 1x 2.5" Drive Bay
    • 1x MicroSDXC Slot
  • Ports:
    • 4x USB 3.1
    • 2x USB 2.0 (Internal)
    • 1x HDMI 2.0a
    • 1x DisplayPort
    • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • Thermal Design Power: 28W

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  • 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-8559U Quad-Core
  • 2 x DDR4-2400 SO-DIMM Slots (Up to 32GB)
  • 1 x M.2 2280 Slot | 1 x 2.5" Drive Bay
  • Up to 32GB Intel Optane Memory

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Seems awfully dated and has crummy graphics performance for the price. I think this would be a deal if it either came bundled with some performance parts or a monitor or something. As-is, it should be hundred bucks off to be considered a really good deal because this is going to come out over $450 before it's even reasonably built up, and $500 for something decent. By then though we're into price territory where just about anything is better in a lot of ways. Basic gaming laptops these days are only slightly more & will decimate this.

I've built up almost ten NUC systems the past few years for friends and family, so I'm definitely not hating on them, but I try to be out the door for not much more than this or it's maybe not worth it. Such a niche product, so keeping the total cost for RAM, SSD, a VESA mountable monitor (to attach the system) & sometimes with speakers, sometimes a Creative Pebble set, and keyboard/mouse combo deal. I shoot for $450 max, total, if possible. These are killer little systems, but get really pricey without bundled hardware.

Dunno about anyone here, but my absolute favorite was the Gigabyte model with a Haswell i3 and built-in projector and tripod mountable. I think Newegg had a sale and it was something crazy like $150 or so back in 2015. Talk about an awesome little portable emulator & movie machine!

Anyway, for those considering this, please be sure to get a dual-channel 16GB SO-DIMM kit. RAM is incredibly cheap right now and you'll want to double your graphics bandwidth from 64 to 128-bit. It makes a huge difference and it's literally like $10 more than 8GB as kits can be found well under $50 all over the web. Those with PayBoo also won't have to pay tax from B&H and that will really help too. Money saved there will easily pay for a 240GB SSD or better.

Happy building!
It's a computer. It's small. It can do everything your computer can do, but its smaller. Get it?
Ignore it. It may not match for you. 😊

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What is the point of these things?
Ignore it. It may not match for you. 😊
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What is the point of these things?
It's a computer. It's small. It can do everything your computer can do, but its smaller. Get it?
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It could be a console for the audio, video, backup/contingency PC, VM and etc.

It could be mounted to the back side of a LCD/LED monitor to save the space as well.
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What is the point of these things?
To make you wish amd made a version
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What is the point of these things?
If you don't know what the applications are for computers in 2020, then I can't help you. I believe Intel P.R has stated these are low footprint computers for casual gaming and home entertainment. Some NUC models have better processors / graphics for better gaming performance. You might not be able to tell by the picture, but it's basically 4" x 4" x 2" high.
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What is the point of these things?
Excellent question!
It's mini.
Fits into places too small for others to go, things like that.
You can put it in your purse and bring it to a party!
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What is the point of these things?
We used to use them for digital signage before switching to BrightSign. I'm sure others still use them for this purpose among others too.
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I've setup Plex on my old Synology DS1813+ and mostly it works fine. But some larger size videos (+16GB) hardly begin when they just just crank and crank and unable to play.

I've tried running a Plex server on my old Win 7 machine and it seems to play just about everything well. But it's a full tower puts out a lot of heat and mostly it's just too large and ineffecient. This NUC seems like the perfect solution especially with an I7 processor and maybe 16GB ram?

If I set it up as Plex server can it run 24/7 reliably and is there an easy to learn Linux distro for Plex or should I just run Win 10 and be done with it?
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I think this poster has a point that is more nuanced. At 340, there is really very little to no point in buying this because you have to at least add a few hundred dollars stuff before this will be a usable PC to even boot. And then at that price point it won't make any sense because you can do much better at the same small form factor for example if you buy those refurb SFF Dells that cost like 200.
people have old parts lying around. $340 is great. especially for a device with a thunderbolt port.
i still have my skull canyon nuc (6th gen) and it plays all modern games on my 144hz monitor using a 2080ti via EGPU over thunderbolt. i got rid of my giant tower.
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Excellent question!
It's mini.
Fits into places too small for others to go, things like that.
You can put it in your purse and bring it to a party!
A Satchel...
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We used to use them for digital signage before switching to BrightSign. I'm sure others still use them for this purpose among others too.
Apart from digital signage, they're also commonly used as commodity point-of-sale terminals.
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