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I've been browsing around and there are two options I can take. I can build a Thin Mini ITX or buy one of the NUCs that are out and ever popular today for my Video and music streaming/HTPC/file server/voice server/minecraft server.

Looking at the Intel NUCs, they are great for the price but one thing that struck me down, the only storage is through a mSATA card and that tends to be pretty expensive as you guys may already know. I'm a bit bummed that they don't have any SATA ports for to use internal storage, although I can use a external HDD and work from there.

I'm mainly looking to have about:

-64GB of SSD storage for the OS
-Probably a 1tb 2.5" drive, maybe even raid 1 for it
-8-16GB of ram
-A decent dual core processor that many NUCs have out there to run the listed things above.

Or am I just better off doing a true mini itx build?
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I'd build my own. I think the NUC is grossly over priced for what you get. Don't get me wrong, it looks cool but for 250.00 you basically get a box and a tiny mb with an i3 proc. It includes the wifi antenna but you still need to get the centrino wifi card, memory and mSata drive.

By the time you are done you could have built a pretty nice little mITX system.Will it be as small, probably not. Can it still be fairly tiny, yep plus you will have way more expansion opportunities.

My money is on the DIY system.
    
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Yeah I'd go with an Antek ISK-110 + mobo and CPU. The i3-3225 includes HD400 which should be enough (FWIR) for HTPC and you are free to use regular ram - ssd. That's a really cool option imo (even better if you can salvage some old parts)


Edit: mm... if you are buying everything I'm not entirely sure lol... I think I'd go with a NUC in that case. I have ram, mobo, sdd so building my own is cheaper.
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Gigabyte has the best NUCs. Maybe wait for their gaming NUC that uses a desktop processor and full size hdd
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Gigabyte has the best NUCs. Maybe wait for their gaming NUC that uses a desktop processor and full size hdd

I Saw the gigabyte one too, looks a lot cooler than the Intel one imo. Do you guys know when Haswell will be in the next NUCs? I see the new ones on Gigabyte's site.
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Haswell NUC vs. Thin ITX I'd go with NUC. Because...

 

  • IR
  • 1 sata port on new NUC
  • Smaller
  • Better onboard graphics

 

The only downside is the included case won't support a hard drive. But hopefully the usual suspects will have an answer for that soon. Or you could just design your own case and 3D print it...

 
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