It has come time to upgrade the family computer. The outgoing system is a Shuttle SN21G50, wieghing in with the following specs:
- Athlon 64 CPU
- 2gb RAM
- 120gb WD IDE Hard Drive
- DVD-RW Optical Drive
- Windows XP
All this wrapped up in a Mini-ITX desktop case.
Needless to say the system is rather aged. It is far beyond its time as a primary desktop system. Its primary use is web access and basic document creation & editing, all for school.
The incoming system packs a good bit more power in a much smaller platform. Based on usage expectations the following was selected:
- Intel NUC5i3RYK
- Intel 4th Gen Core i3 @ 2.1GHz Dual Core
- Intel AC-7265 Dual Band Wireless
- Gigabit Ethernet
- 4 USB 3.0 Ports
- 8gb Crucial DDR3L 1600
- 250gb Crucial MX200 M.SATA SSD
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Office 2013 Home & Student
All in the nice little Intel NUC form factor which is small.
Overall I am rather impressed with the NUC. It is very well done in everything. The BIOS, build quality, components and such are all high quality. I would highly recommend the unit to anyone looking to build a PC with similar specs whether they are looking to save space or not.
Now the kids and everyone else should be able to enjoy their facebook and youtube without waiting forever…