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    Default Intel NUC - PC

    I am planning on replacing my small form factor desktop PC with a Intel NUC.

    I am still trying to decide whether to get D54250WYKH - Core i5-4250U or D34010WYKH - Core i3 4010U

    I want to go for the Core i3 to save money but want to know if this will be "fast" enough for a desktop PC

    I will be mainly using this NUC for web browsing, youtube videos and some HD video playback to external TV.

    Anyone has experiences with these NUC please share.

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    Default Re: Intel NUC - PC

    i3 will be fast enough for what you want. I would stick an SSD in is all.

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    As above, the i3 will be plenty fast enough for what you want to do with it.
    I've sold heaps of the i3 versions, with an SSD, and they work great.
    I've also setup a couple of the Celeron versions as home theatre PCs/media players and they also run pretty well and can play 1080p videos no problem.

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    They take mSATA drives so SSD is the only choice really. The only Options with a NUC are which one you buy, and what mSATA drive and Sodimm RAM you install. That said although the i3 is likely plenty capable you will never be able to upgrade it so if you can stretch to the i5 it will have a better chance of still being enough a few years down the track.

    Been really tempted to buy one of these myself but I went with an itx machine and a gaming graphics card instead. 1080P with full antialiasing on a PC makes the same game on my PS3 look horrible by comparison .
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    Nope those versions take either msata or a full 2.5" sata drive, or both.

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    Yea there are new models now that take a standard 2.5" hdd or ssd.
    Slightly fatter than the msata models but still pretty tiny.
    The newer models also have an infrared receiver built in which makes them great for a htpc.

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    ooooooooh now that's very cool!

    Yeah I only used the earlier first-gen NUC models which required a SSD. Very good bang-for-buck overall and being so small / quiet is a real bonus too!
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    I think I got confused with another NUC I looked at the specs for, neither of those links mentions mSATA in the specs?

    I want one but I can't justify it. As for bang for buck it's ok but compare it to a similarly specced laptop that comes with a screen & keyboard & OS & HDD & optical drive (for some) and it seems like you are paying a premium for the small size. I like the Idea of attaching one to the back of a monitor or TV to create my own all-in-one type device though.
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    Thanks folks, I will go with the i3 CPU.

    As long as it lasts me 2-3 years I am fine with that.
    My current small form factor PC is from 2008 running AMD Athlon X2 5200+ 2.7Ghz

    Starting last year it started to show age and now its bogging down considerably.

    dugimodo, i think the newer models with 'H' at the end support 2.5" SSDs also due to increase in height of the case from previous model

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    The performance difference is noticeable, but for day to day operations you could just throw a SSD and a new OS in your current OC and it'd be just like new, provided you've got 4GB RAM :-)

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