Originally Posted by jwf2tao
4th Gen Intel NUC, if truly avail 9/1, seems like a better bang for the buck. ..and a smaller footprint?
Not so sure celeron 847 nuc box + Ram + HDD + win 7 or 8 HP = $578.00 at Newegg for a PC that only scores about 899 on passmark AND does not include ODD Or wifi either.
Oh almost forgot $5.00 for cloverleaf power cord so now it's $583.00
OTOH The Dell slim box above with everything included already put together with a warranty is $345.00 and should score 2833 on passmark.
I only see bang for buck with the Dell. how does 229.00 more cost for NUC box = more bang for the buck what am I missing here?
only advantage to NUC is small size but not near as capable as the Dell and costs a lot more . OP never indicated interest in NUC
NUC Celeron 847 build at Newegg = $583.00 = 899 on Passmark Smaller
Dell ready made slim tower at $349.00 = 2833 on passmark score
Bigger but not real large way more capable
already put together with warranty
$234.00 savings there are a number of things you can buy
maybe some extra HDD or maybe sound bar or maybe a 32" HDTV
to watch it on or for the bedroom
Or lots of popcorn and Coke and some DVD's
Also the desktop ivy bridge Celerons and Pentium G 3XXXX
Builds mentioned above by Ikkuranus would work very well and OP can customise it
also provides upgrade path
OP , NUC is basically overpriced laptop kit in a cigar box with embedded CPU
not as much power as a conventional desktop socketed CPU maybe 1/2
no future upgrade path either and they run hot . No ODD
No HDD , No Ram No Wifi you have add all that you have to keep
mind a mobile CPU like NUC uses is much less powerful than a
same name desktop CPU see pros and cons above.
for my money either a Celeron ,Pentium G2XXX.G3XXX or i3 desktop
either a ready made or build if just HTPC Pentium or Celeron is plenty
In all fairness the Celeron 847 NUC will play HD content
so will a Roku or BD player or PS3
Or an i3 NUC much better for not much more
with enough CPU to maybe encode/archive DVD media
and multi task might be some combo deals on NUC parts at the egg also
boils down to size,price,performance ,preference .