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Family Computer Upgrade


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.

Size Comparison
Size Comparison
Finished Project
Finished Project

Now the kids and everyone else should be able to enjoy their facebook and youtube without waiting forever…

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