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post #211 of 576
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Originally Posted by josh9000 View Post

Curious why you didn't get the wireless ac card?

I ordered the Intel 7260 Dual-Band Wireless AC with Bluetooth. I noticed there is not a Windows 7 driver available. The Windows 8 driver has a note that its for system integrator, etc.

Did you get the AC card and install it? What OS?
post #212 of 576
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Originally Posted by shortcut3d View Post

I ordered the Intel 7260 Dual-Band Wireless AC with Bluetooth. I noticed there is not a Windows 7 driver available. The Windows 8 driver has a note that its for system integrator, etc.

Did you get the AC card and install it? What OS?

I did not get it b/c I'm connected via Gigabit Ethernet (cat6). Also, because I'm not 100% sure that wireless AC could handle full MKV Blu Ray rips (MakeMKV) yet. I noticed the driver issue on the 1 comment about the product on Amazon.
post #213 of 576
Hmmm okay home theatre has a i5 3570k, 8 GB RAM, 180 GB SSD, 2 TB green HD, GeForce 660 Ti, 16x BR drive, Silverstone GDO6, Gigabyte MVP mobo, 400W PSU, GeLid Slim CPU cooler.

Bedroom has same as above minus the 660 Ti and CPU cooler.

Considering a NUC for the third TV. I'm leaning more and more towards just getting rid of paying for cable TV.

Was going to start a new thread but found this one. So.....

A few questions

1) Anyone looked at this NUC?

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=061971

It comes with thunderbolt what's the future benefit of this? I know it's a faster connection for data but what would a person use it for?

2) Can you connect an external Blu Ray player to it via the USB 2.0? Can you watch 3d BR on it (assuming you install say powerdvd13 or some such)?

3) This is a non barebones version. With 8 GB of RAM and 120 GB SSD..... good value or go bare bones and pick your ram and ssd?

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=055503

Here's the barebones version

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=055443

4) Why would a person upgrade to the i5 versions of the NUC?
post #214 of 576
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post #215 of 576
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Originally Posted by frankcastle1975 View Post

Hmmm okay home theatre has a i5 3570k, 8 GB RAM, 180 GB SSD, 2 TB green HD, GeForce 660 Ti, 16x BR drive, Silverstone GDO6, Gigabyte MVP mobo, 400W PSU, GeLid Slim CPU cooler.

Bedroom has same as above minus the 660 Ti and CPU cooler.

Considering a NUC for the third TV. I'm leaning more and more towards just getting rid of paying for cable TV.

Was going to start a new thread but found this one. So.....

A few questions

1) Anyone looked at this NUC?

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=061971

It comes with thunderbolt what's the future benefit of this? I know it's a faster connection for data but what would a person use it for?

2) Can you connect an external Blu Ray player to it via the USB 2.0? Can you watch 3d BR on it (assuming you install say powerdvd13 or some such)?

3) This is a non barebones version. With 8 GB of RAM and 120 GB SSD..... good value or go bare bones and pick your ram and ssd?

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=055503

Here's the barebones version

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=055443

4) Why would a person upgrade to the i5 versions of the NUC?

1- Nope
2-Yes
3- I don't know
4- I was hoping to run 2 Plex streams while running XBMC but did not work very well. i3 is just fine for just XBMC
post #216 of 576
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Originally Posted by frankcastle1975 View Post

Hmmm okay home theatre has a i5 3570k, 8 GB RAM, 180 GB SSD, 2 TB green HD, GeForce 660 Ti, 16x BR drive, Silverstone GDO6, Gigabyte MVP mobo, 400W PSU, GeLid Slim CPU cooler.

Bedroom has same as above minus the 660 Ti and CPU cooler.

Considering a NUC for the third TV. I'm leaning more and more towards just getting rid of paying for cable TV.

Was going to start a new thread but found this one. So.....

A few questions

1) Anyone looked at this NUC?

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=061971

It comes with thunderbolt what's the future benefit of this? I know it's a faster connection for data but what would a person use it for?

2) Can you connect an external Blu Ray player to it via the USB 2.0? Can you watch 3d BR on it (assuming you install say powerdvd13 or some such)?

3) This is a non barebones version. With 8 GB of RAM and 120 GB SSD..... good value or go bare bones and pick your ram and ssd?

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=055503

Here's the barebones version

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=7_1203_1157&item_id=055443

4) Why would a person upgrade to the i5 versions of the NUC?

I replaced my 2011 Apple Mac mini with an Intel NUC i5. The noise is comparable to a Mac mini. The power output is slightly lower and the foot print is considerably smaller. The aesthetic advantage is black fits the home theater much better than silver. These are mobile processors, so the processing power is less than the desktop variant. The i5 version is worthy for a couple extenders and 6-tuners.

Lastly, I finally got the Intel 7260 Dual-Band Wireless AC card working in Windows 7. Still use gigabit ethernet.
post #217 of 576
What advantage does the i5 have over the i3 for $100 more?

The HTPC doesnt really need the extra hp does it?
post #218 of 576
I'm not sure if the i3 and Celeron could power multiple extenders and a high number of tuners. If its a standalone HTPC, the i3 is very capable.
post #219 of 576
The i3 one that was recently posted with thunderbolt doesn't even have wired ethernet which for me is a must (I'd rather it be built in than have a usb 2.0 or thunderbolt adapter, but if I had a thunderbolt display that provided this I might think otherwise)... I also think thunderbolt peripherals come at a premium price and not worth it for most.

The biggest advantage of the i5 model to me is the usb 3.0 port but I would rather it be in the back. It also has hdmi and 2 mini displayports, Turbo mode (giving 50% more clock speed) and VT-d and vPRO also could be a plus... for a comparason of the processors see here
post #220 of 576
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Originally Posted by shortcut3d View Post

I'm not sure if the i3 and Celeron could power multiple extenders and a high number of tuners. If its a standalone HTPC, the i3 is very capable.

Perfect, thats what I thought as well

Is there a volume discount for 6 of them?

These units would be wired to play bluray off the nas
post #221 of 576
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Originally Posted by shortcut3d View Post

I'm not sure if the i3 and Celeron could power multiple extenders and a high number of tuners. If its a standalone HTPC, the i3 is very capable.

I have the i3 with 2 HDHomerun tuners and have had no problems with recording multiple channels at one time and watching a prerecorded show at the same time.
post #222 of 576
Hey all.

Got the i3 Nuc and love it.

Question about setup though.

What should my render method be?
and allow hardware acceleration? (DXVA2)

right now I have Render = Software
Hardware Acceleration = yes.

thanks
Legion
post #223 of 576
So, the i3 version can handle full 3D BD-ISO's right? Been a while since I've used a HTPC, so which player is recommended: PowerDVD or TMT? Thanks.
post #224 of 576
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Originally Posted by Brajesh View Post

So, the i3 version can handle full 3D BD-ISO's right? Been a while since I've used a HTPC, so which player is recommended: PowerDVD or TMT? Thanks.

from reading previus post yes it can handle 3d, The only issue you will have is you need power dvd or TMT to play it and if the Disc has cinavia it will stop playback.

With Anydvd you should be ok though.
post #225 of 576
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Originally Posted by ellisr63 View Post

I have the i3 with 2 HDHomerun tuners and have had no problems with recording multiple channels at one time and watching a prerecorded show at the same time.

What are you using for the recording drive?
post #226 of 576
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Originally Posted by ellisr63 View Post

I have the i3 with 2 HDHomerun tuners and have had no problems with recording multiple channels at one time and watching a prerecorded show at the same time.
are you wireless connected to homerun with nuc? Im connected wireless but when i try to watch TV the picture tears and pause. Funny thing is when i check the tuners i have a better signal strength WiFi then i do with the Ethernet. I do i fix the tearing picture?

What are you using for the recording drive?

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post #227 of 576
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Originally Posted by killa2009 View Post

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I am hardwired on a Cisco Gigabit Business Class Switch.
post #228 of 576
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Originally Posted by shortcut3d View Post

What are you using for the recording drive?

I am recording on my CQC Server which is on a i3NUC with 4GB of ram and a 60gb SSD.
post #229 of 576
For someone who has pretty much zero knowledge or experience with htpcs, what kind if learning curve could I generally expect with the NUC?
post #230 of 576
Putting it together is not difficult, ram in one slot and ssd in another. Hard to mess up unless you force it where it doesn't belong.
Setting up the software for watching movies could be a little confusing for beginners but you can find lots of tutorials online.
post #231 of 576
If I buy a NUC with the dual HDMI, will it give me what I have now, with my nVidia GT-430 ?

First HDMI to TV for Video and no audio
Second HDMI to 1.3 AVR for HD bitstreaming

I Use XBMC for all video types, except 3D blurays, then I use TMT6.

TIA

\Me
post #232 of 576
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Originally Posted by h8redv2 View Post

If I buy a NUC with the dual HDMI, will it give me what I have now, with my nVidia GT-430 ?

First HDMI to TV for Video and no audio
Second HDMI to 1.3 AVR for HD bitstreaming

I Use XBMC for all video types, except 3D blurays, then I use TMT6.

TIA

\Me
Doesn't XBMC support 3d Blurays?
post #233 of 576
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Originally Posted by ellisr63 View Post

I am recording on my CQC Server which is on a i3NUC with 4GB of ram and a 60gb SSD.

I'm confused. So you are recording to the SSD or the CQC Server is connected to the NUC and mounted on the NUC?
post #234 of 576
I get Electronic Design magazine and its associated email newsletter, due to my line of work. The newsletter I received today had a link to this article, regarding NUC as it compares with Mini-ITX form-factor. http://electronicdesign.com/embedded/what-s-difference-between-mini-itx-and-intel-s-nuc-platform

Pretty brief article, not very deep. I mainly found it interesting that even in this publication, which is typically geared toward engineering/industrial audiences, one of the author's main tests was playback of Blu-Ray quality 1080p MKVs via XBMC. smile.gif
post #235 of 576
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Originally Posted by shortcut3d View Post

What are you using for the recording drive?

I am recording on my CQC Server which is on a i3NUC with 4GB of ram and a 60gb SSD.
PC drive

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post #236 of 576
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Originally Posted by shortcut3d View Post

I'm confused. So you are recording to the SSD or the CQC Server is connected to the NUC and mounted on the NUC?
I have a 4TB USB drive hooked up to the NUC and my TV stations are recorded to it. If it is something I might want to watch again it is then moved to my NAS.
post #237 of 576
So what does a fully loaded NUC with SSD and 8 GB ram cost ?

Total investment price to get it up and running including accessories ? 800$. ?

It seems pretty on par with a normal HTPC in costs.
post #238 of 576
Not sure what you'd consider fully loaded, but I just got this set-up for $471.37 shipped off Amazon:

- Intel Next Unit of Computing Kit with Dual HDMI, Gigabit LAN, Core i3-3217U DC3217IYE
- Crucial m4 128GB mSATA Internal Solid State Drive CT128M4SSD3
- Crucial 8GB Kit (4GBx2) DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL11 SODIMM 204-Pin 1.35V/1.5V Notebook Memory Modules CT2CP51264BF160B
- Belkin 6ft / 3 Prong Notebook Power Cord
post #239 of 576
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

So what does a fully loaded NUC with SSD and 8 GB ram cost ?

Total investment price to get it up and running including accessories ? 800$. ?

It seems pretty on par with a normal HTPC in costs.

Around $500 including wireless and a mobile i5. It's about as big as a pack of cards or so. Makes a great tiny htpc if that's what you need for space saving, travel, etc
post #240 of 576
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Originally Posted by Mfusick View Post

So what does a fully loaded NUC with SSD and 8 GB ram cost ?

Total investment price to get it up and running including accessories ? 800$. ?

It seems pretty on par with a normal HTPC in costs.

I went all out on my build for $800.

Intel NUC DC53427HYE
Intel 7260 Dual Band Wireless AC with Bluetooth
240GB Intel Lincoln Crest 525 SSD
16GB Mushkin Blackline CL9 1600MHz

I have a spare Intel 6235 Centrino Advanced-N with Bluetooth and 120GB Intel Lincoln Crest 525 SSD and have considered pulling one 8GB SODIMM getting another Intel NUC to replace Ceton Echo(s). My only issue at the moment is getting Synology and Microsoft iSCSI Initiators to work properly. I'm fine recording six shows and playing back two. The problem is iSCSI seems to take whatever network route it pleases and strongly prefers LAN1 on the NAS. Not a problem with one iSCSI Initiator, but will be an issue with two. The NAS has four gigabit LAN ports so I should be able to support up to 3 iSCSI on dedicated NICs. I'm also hesitant to rely on Ceton InfiniTV6 ETH tuner pooling because its definitely still in BETA.

I should leave well enough alone. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. blah blah blah
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