Overall and Final Verdict

I set out today to see what the Intel NUC was all about and give a little peak inside of my personal HTPC build. Because of that I won’t be posting up pro’s and con’s on any of the products that went into the build. But I did want to address the title I gave this article. There has always been a group of people who have been looking to build the biggest and best PC in the smallest possible form factor. Over the past 5 years or so things have really started to gain traction and it has gone from just a few enthusiasts challenging themselves to everyday people getting the same experience. In my opinion the Intel NUC is the next big step forward. A few years ago if you wanted a small Barebones PC you went with a Shuttle. Now you can get the same thing in a package that is literally smaller than the disc drive you would put in that Shuttle.

Add to that just how well they perform, I have seriously considered building a NUC to take out to LANs. Sure I can’t play everything, but at the last few events I have played TF2, Unturned, LoL, and Minecraft, all are more than capable of being played on the NUC. With Gigabyte bringing out a BRIX (their version of the NUC) with a GTX 760M inside I think we might be getting a peak at what some of us might be using for LAN rigs in the next few years!

So what does it all cost? You could build the exact same configuration I put together right now for $639 on amazon. That is without an OS and you would need another $149 for the Logitech Smart Keyboard. If you dropped the SSD down to a 120 GB and to 8 Gigs of RAM you could put it together for $435. Personally I would go with the cheaper build unless you had a real need for the larger capacity.

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Author: garfi3ldWebsite: https://lanoc.org
You might call him obsessed or just a hardcore geek. Wes's obsession with gaming hardware and gadgets isn't anything new, he could be found taking things apart even as a child. When not poking around in PC's he can be found playing League of Legends, Awesomenauts, or Civilization 5 or watching a wide variety of TV shows and Movies. A car guy at heart, the same things that draw him into tweaking cars apply when building good looking fast computers. If you are interested in writing for Wes here at LanOC you can reach out to him directly using our contact form.

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35790 22 Oct 2014 20:36
So I had issues with one of our test benches causing delays with the review I was planning to post yesterday. I did find this review sitting around though, I hope you guys like it!

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