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Looking at a NUC8I5BEW -are there better options?

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor and Single Board Computers' started by Edgar Montgommery, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. Edgar Montgommery

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    Joined: Nov 27, 2019

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    Hi guys,

    Was an active member here a few years ago when I built my first PC (5820k/980- also needs upgrading!) but login lost or gone!

    Looking at a smallish form-factor PC for the man cave. Would like it to run 4k video, streams etc without issue. The potential to upgrade GPU (even if external enclosure) would be nice.

    The NUC8I5BEW has caught my attention as something that might be suitable. I definitely don't need anything that small though.

    Any better options to look at?

    Budget of £500ish

    Cheers!
     
  2. Emlyn_Dewar

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    Joined: Oct 15, 2003

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    Missing the nice to have GPU upgrade, have you thought about the Asrock Deskmini and one of the AMD APUs? Good bit more GPU horsepower.
    Other than that, you could probably get a decent enough build done for £500, especially since you don't need anything mega small.

    I like the NUCs, and it'd do what you need, if you don't need it mega small though. I'd go for something else.
     
  3. KraniX

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    Thanks for the heads up on the Desk Mini, looking at getting a NUC but this might be a nice option for me.

    What APU would you recommend? Looking for best bang for buck, mostly office work etc.

    The AMD Ryzen 5 3400G was recommend when I was looking at the case, price was about £120, anything better on the horizon?
     
  4. Emlyn_Dewar

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    I would choose the 2400G over the 3400G just to save some cash. The performance difference just isn't that interesting to justify.
    The 2200G would work well for the tasks described, but always nice to have more CPU/GPU cores.

    NUC10's are due soon, so it could be worth holding out just to get the newest specs.
     
  5. Uncle_Gravy

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    I'm kinda looking similar here, I like the idea of the Dell Optiplex of Micro PCs (I'm using a 3050 in work) but they don't have thunderbolt to run to an external GPU Exclosure.
     
  6. KraniX

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    The 3400G seems cheaper in a few places oddly.

    Good shout on the NUC10s though, worth seeing what they offer.