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Topic # 164422 9-Feb-2015 12:53
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I'm looking to set up a small (in size) computer to run 24/7 on my Panny plasma 65ST60.

I don't need home theatre as I have a WDTV live connected via ethernet - so basically, the telly PC will be used for internet surfing, checking email - so don't need a lot of processing power.

Is a small NUC via HDMI the best option? If so - what is a good cost effective model to get?

The intel HDMI sticks look great, but these haven't been released yet? Anyone know when expected?

Any other suggestions?

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  Reply # 1233365 9-Feb-2015 12:59
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a NUC will be more powerful

the Intel ATOM based HDMI sticks, there are numerous of them already available on alibaba etc



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  Reply # 1233662 9-Feb-2015 18:48
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The cheapest NUC I can find configured with OS is around $500. The HDMI PCs on a stick come in at under half this price. As I am primarily interested in web and email, the atom processor should be sufficient. Think I will wait for the Intel-branded device which is due for release in March. However, if anyone knows of a small NUC sized PC that is reasonably priced, I'd love to know!

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  Reply # 1233683 9-Feb-2015 19:18
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Sorry, just can't resist mentioning Raspberry Pi 2. Don't know much about it, but I would imagine with Raspian or something like that it'll do browsing and email fine. Not bad for $55, though adding cases and things it might start to add up a bit.




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  Reply # 1233690 9-Feb-2015 19:27
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There are also some reasonably capable Android boxes in the $100-200 price range that should be fine for surfing and checking email. Mine (Minix X8H) will do that just fine. They work out of the box - much cheaper and easier that faffing around with setting up a full computer is that's all you want to do.

Although, personally, while I can do it I don't like to do much surfing or email on the telly. If I'm not using a PC do that (say sitting in my armchair) I much prefer to do that on a tablet (maybe it's my eyesight?).

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  Reply # 1233709 9-Feb-2015 19:51
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nathan: a NUC will be more powerful

the Intel ATOM based HDMI sticks, there are numerous of them already available on alibaba etc


Wait for the 5th generation NUC (March?)




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  Reply # 1233721 9-Feb-2015 20:21
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chromebox?  About $200 from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-CHROMEBOX-M004U-ASUS-Desktop/dp/B00IT1WJZQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1423466172&sr=8-1&keywords=nettopor one of these Lenovo boxes running Windows would be quite good, I have a similar one by e-machines that sat happily behind my TV for this very purpose for four years and is now my Plex server, since I got a smart TV:
http://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Q190-57327830-Dual-Core-Keyboard/dp/B00K5JNJ6S/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1423466172&sr=8-5&keywords=nettop 

Probably about $300 including youshop

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