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Hi All,

For a long time i have not been on OCN. I stopped building PC's and upgrading PC's, as i stopped having the need to do so since i stopped gaming.
My current build Deepthought (shown below in my sig) is almost 7 years, which I still use and I also own an Ultrabook 2 in 1, Dell XPS 12 with a 4th Gen Intel Core i7.

I am looking to upgrade my desktop or buy a NUC, i cant decide between the two.
I love the NUC because of its size and power, and i would love to keep a desktop because of its upgradability and its more "future proof".

If i build a desktop it will be
CPU: i7-4770K
RAM: 8GB
Mobo: Gigabyte U3DH (Z87)
I will keep the same case, PSU, GPU, SSD and HDD. (would love a GPU and case but cant afford to at the moment)

If i get a NUC it will be:
Gigabyte Brix Pro GB-BXi7-4770R

the Intel Iris Pro in the NUC is better than my GPU but its stopping me in case i want a better GPU in the future.

I dont play much games apart from Civ 5 and Rome 2.
I sometimes play elderscrolls when they are new, but i dont care about having the graphics setting maxed out.

I would appreciate your input to help me decide either way.
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Intel Atom Z2420 1GB 16GB Android 4.1 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42N SCSI DVD+RW/DVD-RAm 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Windows 8 Pro x64 LG E2260V-PN Microsoft SideWinder X6 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Thermaltake Toughpower W0103 600-Watt ATX 12V 2.2 Antec Performance One P182 Microsoft SideWinder X8 Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Headset (H390) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4500U Dell XPS 12-9Q33 Intel HD Graphics 4400 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitor
SAMSUNG SSD SM841 mSATA 256GB Windows 8.1 64Bit 1080p Dell, 10 Point Touch 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
Intel Atom Z2420 1GB 16GB Android 4.1 
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7" Touchscreen LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) IP... 16Wh Li-polymer Battery GPS & Glonass,G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity, A... 
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what parts do you have already?
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Which uses will it have?(let alone gaming I already read it)
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I'm kind of in the same dilemma. I'd build a system, but since I don't really need a new GPU or much expandability, I'm thinking about a NUC. I'm leaning toward the NUC because I don't play around with OCing anymore, and ever since I started using a laptop full time, I really appreciate a quiet (read:silent) system.
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Originally Posted by shilka View Post

what parts do you have already?

I have Deepthought (In my sig)
I have a fully working dekstop. So the only thing i would get new is a Mobo, CPU and RAM and maybe a 256 (or 500 depending on price) SSD later this year.
The parts i have in mind is i7-4770K, Gigab Z87 U3DH Mobo, and Corsair Vengence RAM 8GB (16gb is still too expensive)
I will keep the same, Case, PSU, GPU SSD and HDD

Quote:
Originally Posted by PontiacGTX View Post

Which uses will it have?(let alone gaming I already read it)
Gaming as you already read, but games like Civ 5, Rome 2, maybe some newer elderscrolls when it comes out. (again as mentioned i dont mind NOT having my graphics settings to the MAX)
Normal Office work (Word, Powerpoint, Outlook, Excel)
Simple Web browsing

(maybe an i5 will do too? 4C4T instead of i7 with 4C8T)
To be honest, Deepthough (my PC in Sig) does the job i mentioned above just fine, but it just feels old.
Deepthought
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (OC-3GHz{334x9}-1.24375v) Asus P5Q Pro Turbo GIGABYTE AMD Radeon HD 6850  OCZ 4GB Reaper HPC / Dual Ch. DDR2 PC6400 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42N SCSI DVD+RW/DVD-RAm 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Windows 8 Pro x64 LG E2260V-PN Microsoft SideWinder X6 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Thermaltake Toughpower W0103 600-Watt ATX 12V 2.2 Antec Performance One P182 Microsoft SideWinder X8 Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Headset (H390) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4500U Dell XPS 12-9Q33 Intel HD Graphics 4400 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitor
SAMSUNG SSD SM841 mSATA 256GB Windows 8.1 64Bit 1080p Dell, 10 Point Touch 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
Intel Atom Z2420 1GB 16GB Android 4.1 
MonitorPowerOther
7" Touchscreen LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) IP... 16Wh Li-polymer Battery GPS & Glonass,G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity, A... 
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Deepthought
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Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (OC-3GHz{334x9}-1.24375v) Asus P5Q Pro Turbo GIGABYTE AMD Radeon HD 6850  OCZ 4GB Reaper HPC / Dual Ch. DDR2 PC6400 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42N SCSI DVD+RW/DVD-RAm 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Windows 8 Pro x64 LG E2260V-PN Microsoft SideWinder X6 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Thermaltake Toughpower W0103 600-Watt ATX 12V 2.2 Antec Performance One P182 Microsoft SideWinder X8 Logitech ClearChat Comfort USB Headset (H390) 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7-4500U Dell XPS 12-9Q33 Intel HD Graphics 4400 8GB DDR3 
Hard DriveOSMonitor
SAMSUNG SSD SM841 mSATA 256GB Windows 8.1 64Bit 1080p Dell, 10 Point Touch 
CPURAMHard DriveOS
Intel Atom Z2420 1GB 16GB Android 4.1 
MonitorPowerOther
7" Touchscreen LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) IP... 16Wh Li-polymer Battery GPS & Glonass,G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity, A... 
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