Intel BOXDC3217BY Barebone Mini-PC (Intel Core i3 3217U, Intel-HD)
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The Intel NUC family puts the world in the palm of your hand. Powered by either Intel Celeron processors or 3rd generation Intel Core processors on a four-by-four-inch motherboard and enclosed in a tiny case, this next-generation compute kit is big on performance yet surprisingly small in size. From digital signage to customer service kiosks, from home theater systems to digital jukeboxes, Intel NUC is an intelligent device for small spaces or anywhere else you can imagine. A revolution in ultra-compact device design, Intel NUC packages a fully scalable, computing solution in the smallest possible form factor, complete with the Intel Core i5 vPro processor. This new generation computing device provides a flexible, customizable engine to drive digital signage, kiosks, and intelligent computing for small spaces, or anywhere else you can imagine. Intel NUC also has triple display capabilities for multiple monitoring and display, along with Intel vPro technology which lets your IT service provider remotely manage or repair your system. With that kind of power and size, you’ll rethink what’s possible. Because the only thing more amazing than Intel technology is what you’ll do with it.
19V, 65W Power Brick
VESA Mounting bracket Wireless antennae (integrated into the chassis)
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I've installed Ubuntu 13.10 and use it to stream media to various devices by running Plex Media Server on it. It's able to start and shutdown in around 5 seconds. It handles streaming HD content with processor power to spare. Very low power consumption too as I've hooked it up to an energy cost monitor which reports that it's using £0.55 per month. My old desktop PC was costing £9.50 a month!
It comes without RAM, disk drive, network hardware, or power cable (the clover leaf kind). It comes with a wifi antenna built in but you'll need to purchase a wifi card separately to use that. I bought the following items to complete the setup:
Plextor PX-64M5M M5M 64GB 6Gbps 2.5 inch M-SATA Internal SSD
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 PC3-12800 1.35V/1.5V SODIMM 204 Pin Memory Module Kit
Anker® USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Network Adapter for Windows, Mac and Linux (White)
I opted for a USB ethernet adaptor to get a network connection which worked straight out of the box, so I can't speak for which WiFi cards are compatible.
This model has a design fault with ventilation as some SSD's produce more heat than they had intended it for. Intel have provided a thermal pad solution to this problem which can be ordered here:
I've installed the thermal pad and leave the machine switched on at all times, it's been running for over a month now without any problems at all.
The components I used are Kingston KTA-MB1600S 4GB ram, Intel Wireless-N 2230 Wifi and Bluetooth & Kingston SMS200S3 30GB SSD. The memory reports as 4GB in the boot menu but only 3.3GB in Ubuntu, so that's another thing to address but performance is fine as it is.
As there is no audio output on this unit you should consider a "Multimedia Monitor" (one with speakers). I found a cheap "HDMI TO VGA with Audio Adapter" which would let you use external speakers with a normal monitor as an alternative.
Don't forget your C5 cloverleaf power cable!
Crucial CT120M500SSD3 120GB M500 mSATA 6Gb/s Internal SSD including Screws
Anker® USB 3.0 to 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Network Adapter
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6235; Wireless; PCI-E; 300 Mbit/s; 4.0;
Asus VE228HR 21.5-inch Widescreen LED Multimedia Monitor (1920 x 1080, 5ms, VGA, HDMI, DVI)
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Power Parts C5 Cloverleaf Power Cord / Mains Cable Lead / UK Type Plug for...
Wired-up HDMI to HDMI Gold Plated Connectors 1.8m Cable v1.3A
Komputerbay 8GB 204 Pin 1600MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 SODIMM Laptop Memory with...
Ended up returning the wireless card (no dual channel)
Multimedia monitor is a good idea as there is no audio jack from the pc. The ASUS one I used will only work for this pc via HDMI.
Do not forget the C5 cloverleaf power cord.
I am using openSUSE 13.1 and virtualbox with centOS and Oracle Linux.
It is very quick.
All worked fine out of the box, no addtional drivers needed.
The NUC is a total must-have for any enthusiast PC hobbyist who's looking to deliver a rich set of applications to drive any big-format television or display.
I've used the NUC in many applications and I've never been disappointed. From small media centres, right through to broadcast transmission boxes. The barebone aspect of this product allows the user to customise the internals, and upgrading it over time, even on a tight budget to fit any use type thinkable.
The device is highly recommend for users who'd like a bit more punch for their applications to run on, or would like to do more powerful casual gaming or watching HD content more smoothly.
I've configured my NUC's with Linux operating systems, however coupled with the i3 processor you can get a smoothly operating Windows 8.1 system running like a charm!
The last point I'd like to make is regarding the Intel technology. These day's Intel is more like a stamp of approval and you can ensure that the hardware is going to be compatible with whatever type of system you're trying to build.
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