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Intel NUC experience?

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Good afternoon folks.

Looking to either build my brother a small PC for basic computing needs (internet/email/Sim City 4)

I was thinking about the 6800k, but I'm leaning towards something even smaller, such as Intel's NUC "PCs"

http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/motherboards/desktop-motherboards/nuc.html

has anybody had experience with on of these? Basically looks like ultrabook innards put into a small box. I think it's perfectly fine for his needs and priced quite nicely. I'd just throw in some SSD inside so it's a little zippier than usual.

What do you all think?

Decent for 300-400 bucks?
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My vote is for the 6800k
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I have a couple of these since they run ESXi really well and have an Intel NIC. They are nice but remember you need to figure out which feature set you want video out you prefer and the CPU. Just remember that you will need a mSATA SSD and (most likely) a wireless card. This will bump the price over a budget AMD self-built system.
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