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Intel NUC

I'm after a quiet PC for media use.

Current one is always cranking up the Fan these days.

Am considering one of these:

Intel® NUC Kit D54250WYK

With an Akasa passive enclosure. (The Intel one has a fan.)

(You also have to add the price of a mini-PCIe flash drive and WiFi cards to the mix)





Any other options for small quiet full windows 8 PCs I should be looking at?
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Google both the Zotac Z Box and also Asus eeebox both of which are designed to be dedicated media PCs.

Are you going to serve media or keep it locally on the PC attached to the TV ?

I went through a whole range of media pcs including earlier variants of both if the above. Eventually I realised that the software was probably more important than the hardware.

If you are feeling adventurous I would definitely recommend one of the android TV sticks with XBMC installed. Approx £60 off eBay and massively configurable. I carry one around on my travels and plug it into hotel TVs giving me access to stuff like Netflix, iPlayer, Google Music, and various streaming services wherever I am in the world via VPN. At home I have one on each TV serving full form (menu intact) DVD rips in addition. They also have a micro sd slot for local storage and support up to 4tb via USB.


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Looked at the Zotac, still a bit noisy.

Have just ordered this:

Intel NUC D54250WYK Intel Core i5-4250U Intel HD 5000

120GB of mSata SSD, an Intel Centrino 6235 BT/Wifi card and 8Gb of Corsair Vengeance 1600MHz LP RAM.


Will swap out the case for a fanless one when Akasa start shipping their Newton "H" box.
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Bah! Everything turned up except the mSATA drive so all I could do was
install the memory and upgrade the BIOS.

Dammit!





It's tiny. Smaller than a stack of 3 CD cases.
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Windows 8.1 is up and running.
Video playback from iCloud/Tunes looks smooth.

There's not really too much fan noise yet either.


So basically I know have a i5 Haswell laptop setup
without screen or keyboard in a really tiny box.

I'm liking it so far....
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Sounds good

So are you just using it to play from iTunes at present or are you going to play with another media front end ? If so i'd recommend XBMC.

Do you rip your own media to iTunes format too ?
 
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Mostly to rent films.

iPlayer
iTunes
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Amazon.com Prime Instant Videos.
Amazon Cloud Player
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The eeeBox is a pretty good option and is silent, I have installed one in a presentation room in one of the branches at work.

I've got one of these at work, it has some custom os on it that was plugged in to a phone system so you boot it up and it starts a recorded message but when I get time I'm dying to reimage it and have a play

Viglen - Product Range - XUBUMPCL
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Hmmm ineresting. Viglen is the old Amstrad, no?
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Hmmm ineresting. Viglen is the old Amstrad, no?
Wikipedia will enlighten you
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So how are you controlling it via some kind of RDP on a phone, tablet, other pc ?


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So how are you controlling it via some kind of RDP on a phone, tablet, other pc ?


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Something like this?

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Well the NUC is performing well.

Video and audio quality is good. it's quite fast and responsive.
Even iTunes film rentals are smooth with synced audio!


However one big steaming issue is the Centrino 6235 WiFi/Bluetooth card.
It keeps randomly dropping the WiFi and disabling itself.

Seems there is an issue with the Win8 driver that Intel have failed to fix
for coming on for a year.

Bit peeved.

Only workaround seems to be to disable 801.1n support.

And there are no other combined WiFi/BT half mini-PCIe
card on the market.


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Tell me about it. Waste of 25 Euros.

Disabling "n" hasn't solved it 100%


Have just ordered the only alternative I could find which is a Killer N1202 combined card.
Difficult to source (Bigfoot/Killer are now part of Atheros/QCOM) and twice the bloody price!


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Upgraded the enclosure to a full passive alu
block from Akasa:

Akasa Thermal Solution



It's a much larger box and it does get hot but it is now completely silent.

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Upgraded the enclosure to a full passive alu
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Akasa Thermal Solution



It's a much larger box and it does get hot but it is now completely silent.
I see Intel have just announced their next generation of processor code named Broadwell which will ship in October with the first processors due to be released are the M range with half as much heat generated as the current range and will suit this kind of fanless application and things like tablets.
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Much of the power reduction in upcoming chips will stem from the move to 16/14nm FinFET
processes that have a much improved leakage and dynamic power consumption compared
to previous CMOS technology nodes.
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Gah BSODs! No way to repair with the upgrade licence I have. Have to re-install 8.0 and then update to 8.1

Bah!!! Going to take all night!




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Bah. After re-installing W8 I've still seen a BSOD.

WhoCrashed.exe says it was drivers or memory so looks like the memory's gone.

Let's see if I can get it changed under warranty......
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