How to Build a NUC

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kokytewoqit08

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PCWolf

These NICS get Hot & are in need of Fans. The new one has been announced that solves the overheating issues.

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Engelsstaub

Isn't this basically just a more-expensive Mac Mini with (mostly) crappier specs?

I don't get it, but maybe someone else does.

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j_j_montez

Far from it. The only similarity is the small form factor, which the NUC wins by a few square inches. The least expensive Mac Mini is the dual-core i5, which definitely beats the current NUC's i3 by 50%. That is the one edge the Mini has (granted, it would be significant to me if I had to choose one or the other for my own workstation). If you were to custom order the $599 Mac Mini from Apple's website with 16GB of RAM, you are already looking at $899, compared to the fully spec'd NUC at $809. The NUC also has a great SSD, while the Mini still has a 5400 RPM drive. In processor-intense tasks, the mini will win, but day-to-day activities, the NUC will be more responsive and appear faster than most computers with a mechanical hard drive.
If we re-do the NUC, with less maximum parts, you're looking at $385 for 4GB of RAM, same as the Mini, and a smaller SSD. You can add the Windows 7 license if you want, but you're still ahead of the game. For small form factor desktops, I would say the NUC wins. Not to mention the built-in 3 year warranty, compared to the Mini's 1 year. The price difference may end up being small, under $100, but when you are stocking offices, kiosks, or classrooms with these, the savings add up.
Let's also not forget the attention to detail Intel put into the packaging. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TKsYyXa_03o&t=421
If processing power matters to someone, they won't bother with a the small form factor at all.
Pardon the long post, but after working in Apple stores for a couple years, and doing computer consulting now, I always feel the need to clarify specs and exaggerations that my clients may come across. Hope this cleared things up.

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Engelsstaub

The HDD in the Mini takes a bit of know-how to replace; not what the average consumer would go through so the NUC definitely wins there. (That's why I said "most" specs.).

Nobody who even has an elementary understanding of computers would custom-order more RAM from Apple though. It takes less than a minute to replace by anyone. ...not an argument; just clarification because my original post was a bit too simplistic.

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j_j_montez

Thanks for the clarification. My thought was incomplete as well. I would also hope that most people who know about computers do the RAM themselves as well (although I didn't practice that when I sold them on commission). In my original train of thought, I was also going to mention that even if you did it yourself, it's an added cost of $120-$150, so comparing this maxed-out NUC to the $599 Mini wasn't a fair comparison.

Additionally, as far as I'm concerned, the only spec the Mini has over the NUC is the CPU. This is why I disagreed with your "most" specs comment.

Thanks for being so civil, Engelsstaub. I'm familiar with your frequent comments on other articles, and appreciate your lack of "Trolling".

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joshnorem

It's not a Mac Mini as you have to provide your own storage, Wifi and RAM. It's basically a tiny DIY PC.

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Engelsstaub

Yeah, I guess there is something to be said for the DIY-factor alone....which also would make it a highly-relevant thing for most of your readership :)

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Bean Bandit

Old news being that this has been done several months ago and really nothing new.

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stige

your reading comprehension could use a bump.

MaxPC website regularly posts articles from past magazine publications.

njoy yur lulz.

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