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Intel NUC BOXD34010WYKH1 2 x 204Pin SO-DIMM Intel HD Graphics 4400 Integrated by CPU Mini / Booksize Barebone System
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Extra small form factor: ~ 4" x 4" x 2.5"
HD4400 Graphics are great for video viewing
mSATA SSD and a 1TB HDD fit
Idles at 8w, sleeps at 1w, watching TV at 15w

Cons: Pricey after adding ram, msata, HDD, wireless card and Win 8.1 Pro with MC. Can't afford another one unless I sell some stuff.

Other Thoughts: Installed Win 8 Pro on a USB 3.0 flash drive in 10 minutes. Getting all the windows updates and the 8.1 upgrade and recent update and then installing drivers and Media Center took much longer. But it was worth it - this does everything my full ATX size HTPC did while consuming less than a quarter of the electricity. The early July 2014 drivers from Intel have not given me any problems. The optional 7260 AC wireless card streams HD video really well one room away, but not 2 rooms away from my 300-N access point. I couldn't be happier with this "baby box".

8gb DDR3L G.SKILL Ripjaws 1600-9
120gb Samsung 840 EVO mSATA SSD
1TB WD AV-25 HDD for video/recorded TV
Intel 7260 AC wireless card
Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

CORSAIR CXM series CX430M 430W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 80 PLUS Bronze 430w
modular cables for drives/peripherals
Low price

Cons: Bare minimum of modular cables (4)
sata plugs are too close together.

Other Thoughts: I had a 400w Antec HCG (OEM=Seasonic) in my nMedia case HTPC. An excellent PSU, but its multitude of fixed cables were stuffed under the BDR drive. The CX430M is smaller and I only need to use the two sata power cables (just two plugs on each). One connected to the SSD OS drive and the 2TB AV-GP. The other needed a sata (F-M) 6" extension cable to reach the BDR drive and a small SSD for programs. This PSU is perfect for my use and the 400 HCG went into my wife's PC, much quieter than the original Earthwatts 380 that it replaced.
If I receive the rebate, this PSU only cost a mere Lincoln!

Rosewill RMS-MT2790 Black 13
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Solid construction
Easy to install
Tilt and pivot, easy to adjust and tighten firmly.

Cons: Not free?

Other Thoughts: Only cost 25.48 for two with sale price and coupon code. Mounted a pair of BIC dv62si bookshelf speakers (large wood boxes) to the wall in my mancave. Perfect!
I drilled the pilot holes to mount them wih a 5/32" bit instead of 1/4" as the directions suggested. That made it easier to tighten the included lag bolts. As a previous reviewer said, make sure you use the right screwdriver/bit - a #3, or you will round out the phillips head on the tough-to-drive-in lag bolts. Get the right tool or you'll be sorry!


ROBERT V.'s Profile

Display Name: ROBERT V.

Date Joined: 07/02/04

  • Reviews: 38
  • Helpfulness: 20
  • First Review: 08/17/04
  • Last Review: 08/01/14
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