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Topic # 146778 28-May-2014 21:45
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Want to use a NUC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next_Unit_of_Computing) for an HTPC but there are quite a few models to choose from. It has to be able to handle XBMC/Plex client that has a large library (this requirement has put me off the Rasberry Pi), the odd indie game from Steam. It must have IR support so that I can use my Logitech Harmony universal remote too. 

60GB HD might be a bit tight, so might have to have at least 120GB SSD. Is 4GB RAM enough?

One of the cheapest is the sub $200 Celeron powered one (http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?r=p&partid=21334) or should I get an i3 or i5 powered one?

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  Reply # 1055504 28-May-2014 21:55
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Forgot to mention that I'm would be keen to get Steam in home streaming (http://store.steampowered.com/streaming/) working too, so can play full AAA titles on the TV.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1055524 28-May-2014 22:16
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I have a BRIX here which is similar to the NUC. It's an I3 and it handles Windows Media Center, including live HD TV and HD movies on iTunes and Amazon...






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  Reply # 1055593 29-May-2014 05:15
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I think the i7 HP Chromebox launching in June will be better than Brix or NUC for an HTPC. And hopefully cheaper.

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  Reply # 1055609 29-May-2014 07:28
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I just got an i5 NUC and spec'd it out with 16 gigs ram, a 120 gig msata and 500 gig crucial m550. It works really well and is able to run the 3 VM's on hyper-v that I have on continuously while still being fine to run office / web / other apps at the same time. Only thing I'd look out for is that there appears to be a problem with the Intel drivers when running it headless in that you cant rdp to it. I use the generic windows drivers that came with Windows 8 and it works fine. This isnt a problem if a monitor is always plugged in to it.

I also hear good things about that Gigabyte Brix but couldnt find anyone locally who had it in stock. 




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  Reply # 1055870 29-May-2014 13:03
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I've got the older Celeron model (pre built-in IR port), 4GB ram, 60gb msata ssd and it handles openelec / XBMC no issues with full HD / DTS and large media library.

Can't help with the steam / gaming performance side....



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  Reply # 1056230 29-May-2014 21:03
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shall0w: I've got the older Celeron model (pre built-in IR port), 4GB ram, 60gb msata ssd and it handles openelec / XBMC no issues with full HD / DTS and large media library.

Can't help with the steam / gaming performance side....


Is that the DCCP847DYE with the Celeron 847?



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  Reply # 1056231 29-May-2014 21:06
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I've put together a quick google spreadsheet to help compare all the models quickly with the features I'm interested in...

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1REND187IkFpcCV3Brlk-f91Y6pvEWFUL7Ce0eKpaT9k/edit?usp=sharing

Used Ascent pricing just as a guide.

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  Reply # 1056248 29-May-2014 21:59
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I am looking for one myself at the moment. Thinking about going with DN2820FYKH as it should be enough for streaming beIN Sports in HD, Netflix and play videos from NAS.

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  Reply # 1056472 30-May-2014 12:27
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Monza:
shall0w: I've got the older Celeron model (pre built-in IR port), 4GB ram, 60gb msata ssd and it handles openelec / XBMC no issues with full HD / DTS and large media library.

Can't help with the steam / gaming performance side....


Is that the DCCP847DYE with the Celeron 847?


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