There is a market for this type of NUC, especially as an alternative to a console, it would turn your TV into a full blown gaming PC. I use mine as my office PC since I don't want a full blown PC case since i move things around a lot. It is upgradable as far as RAM and storage goes as well. Also, this looks more like introductory pricing, as you can see, its predecessor launched in the mid $700s and was significantly less powerful: https://camelcamelcamel.com/Intel-NUC-mini-NUC6i7KYK-Core/product/B01DJ9XS52 and now goes for around $500. Reading some of the customer reviews for its predecessor reveals some of the use cases, and people are pretty happy with the form factor: https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC-mini-NUC6i7KYK-Core/dp/B01DJ9XS52#customerReviews There are 193 reviews, so I am guessing Amazon sold a few thousand.
You won't build a reasonable pc for that budget. Just buy this prebuilt
This one is the same thing but without the memory and ssd, and also sold by the manufacturer instead of a middle man:
Buy and add your own memory/msata and it will be cheaper. I bought one about a week ago and got it setup just a few days ago. It's awesome. Read some of the reviews on amazon.
Edit: correct link added.
Are you buying in US?.. if so then you can buy this..
This should easily run games at 1080p.. in future I would recommend adding another stick of 8GB ram in this to make a total of 16GB..
In Lamboshi's hardware guide on the sidebar, there's a linked NUC that you can get without RAM or an SSD for $409 on Amazon. From there you can get 16 or 32 GB or RAM (make sure it's the right size), and an SSD (2.5" or MVNe). I grabbed this, 16GB, and 1TB SSD for something like $600, very reasonable.
APs and routers interoperate on open standards, so you can technically pair any router with any type of AP. That said, I'd get a router with similar out-of-the-box feature depth as your UniFi APs (VLANs, etc.), such as an EdgeRouter, Mikrotik or an x86 box running an open-source distro (example: a Qotom running Untangle Home). I'd avoid the UniFi gateways, as the USG's are long in the tooth and underpowered for CPU-based throughput; also avoid the Dream Machine platform, as it seems they still haven't been able to stabilize it.
If you're up for a challenge and you dig low power draw low cost, you could try espressobin (just google it). The toughest part is finding a case; I had to order one from a vendor that prints from designs on thingiverse. (I'd advise going with ABS plastic, not PLA, if you go this route.) By the time you buy espressobin, a 32G sdcard, a power supply, and a case, you're out about 135 or 140 bucks.
I actually just bought the espressobin + bits and pieces myself; everything's here but the case, which I'm still waiting for. Full disclosure: no HDMI out on espressobin, so if you're not okay with needing to go serial console, it's not going to be for you. And since I haven't built it yet, I don't know what the performance will be like (though I'd confidently put it up against even high-end consumer gear on spec, given that it's similar CPU to what's in a Netgear Nighthawk, and given how well plain Ubuntu did versus various devices in my tests at Ars Technica). Still... it's a gamble. Ya feelin' lucky? =)
Other than that, literally just look for Celeron builds from Qotom on Amazon. The one I purchased most recently is still available; I make no guarantees it's the absolute best model to buy right now, I literally just dug it out of my order list, but it still shows available at $170 after shipping. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B019Z8T9J0/ You'll spend around $300 total after adding RAM and an SSD to one of these, depending on what exactly you opt for there.
Qotom also has i3 and i5 versions of the same machine available, for about $100 to $150 more. If you want the extra muscle. You won't likely need the extra muscle if all it's going to be doing is acting as a router, of course, but sometimes more firepower is more firepower, right? =)
is this it? if so i wouldn’t personally get that. you can build this cheaper and have the satisfaction of knowing you made the computer yourself
This one is also a decent option if you want something cheaper.. this one has the same specs, just the processor is cheaper..
Make friends with someone heading to the US for a visit, lol. Or - calculate the shipping cost and add it to this (https://www.amazon.com/2020-Apple-Mini-256GB-Storage/dp/B08N5PHB83) and see how it compares. You'd be getting the most up to date chip that way instead of old intel tech which Apple is not going to support forever.
Is this the same PC but with an Intel CPU instead of AMD?
Pro tip: if you decide to go this route, the new macs recently announced have guts more or less identical to last year's Mac Mini. It's a lot cheaper, and you can pick your own display.
This is the bare minimum I would get if you want to play games. It's a little light on ram, but with no other programs open it should be fine.
Intel NU8i5BEH kit could work. You buy memory and SSD. You loosen the bottom plate, install memory and SSD, and then an OS. Really simple. https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC-Mainstream-Kit-NUC8i5BEH/dp/B07GX59NY8
Oh yeah headless can work out fine, assuming you have a bit of experience and won't fuck it up completely ¯\(ツ)/¯
As far as I'm aware, ESXi is completely headless with no control from the host at all. If I were to irreparably fuck up the settings, to the point I cannot connect (Say I tried setting up another DHCP server or disabled the internal one) I'd need to re-wire the host, and whatever client I'm using to connect.
As far as I can tell it's all genuine, here is a similar (stripped) version of the same device, but on American amazon. Lots of good reviews. And while it will probably last me the rest of my life, as Saskatchewan's fastest possible speed on fiber is 260Mb/s and I don't see it ever hitting >1Gb/s, it's still $260 with shipping. But yeah I'll probably grab it if another user doesn't find a cheaper router.
I paid $150 for it, but it's at like $130 now I think. I also bought a $15 generic remote that included an IR sensor for the remote.
Under $200 the Chromebox would be your best bet. For pure Kodi, and value, the Rpi2 would work well also, at half the price.
The firetv is very nice though, you really can't go wrong with any of them for your needs. The chromebox is the most powerful. There is a whole slew of various android boxes, but they are all over the place feature/support wise. The best android box for home theater integration is the firetv with an flirc, in my opinion.
Amazon renewed or ebay.
ebay listing for i7: https://www.ebay.com/itm/125545084049
Amazon renewed with a i5: https://www.amazon.com/EliteDesk-800-Mini-Professional-Bit-Multi-Language-English/dp/B07J2TFW5T/
I just bought one couple of months ago:
Fair enough; that's much higher than what I'm used to
Still, I don't think switching to another desktop processor will save you more than few watts. Maybe look into a ULV CPU or something intended for mobile/fanless systems
Hard to know for sure how much you can save without knowing the exact consumption of your current server. Do you have any wattage measuring tool like a kill-a-watt?
fwiw some fanless mini PC's like this can idle down to around 10W
it won’t be able to game really, but if you save for a bit this one is ok
I just checked and NUCs seem either expensive or old or without RAM, I did find this HP desktop for $130 though
So something like this would be better?
Am i looking at the correct item that would work? Amazon looks like it has the NUC8i5BEH for 300 and the I7 for just a bit more...
Just checked, this things running for 550 plus tax no where near worth it. If you have that to spend right now i'd save it for a little while longer and buy something a tad better. Get a gpu with at least 6gb of ram bare minimum i'd go is a 1060gtx The price on that shouldn't be too bad. Something like this is about 120$ more but is substantially better https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-i3-10100-Keyboard-TG01-1022/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=sr\_1\_8?crid=3TDWJ8DEC8TRW&keywords=kepler%2Bsystems%2Bgaming%2Bpc%2Bgtx%2B1060&qid=1655941002&sprefix=kepler%2Bsystems%2Bgaming%2Bpc%2Bgtx%2B1060%2Caps%...
This is from the US amazon but should give you an idea of what to look for. You will also need a keyboard, mouse, and monitor if you do not already have one. Something like this will run pretty much all games at low to med settings and some older games at high/ultra.
Ram is a bit low to be doing video editing but you still can do it and can add more later.
Probably look at Amazon or best buy prebuilts, something like the spec on this one here should be good, though HP and Dell design their prebuilts to be harder to upgrade, so if you want anything better in the future you'll have to mostly start anew
Depending on your needs you'd do well to to with something like this:
Down the road more RAM and hardware encryption may be of benefit. Worse case grab a netgate device but I find them pricy
From "Amazon Renewed" It's an HP Elitedesk mini desktop with an i5-6500, skylake cpu's includes Intel Quick Sync for decent video transcoding performance without a gpu. Currently available for ~ $255.
Doubt you'll be able to get a decently functioning system for much less than that, if all you have right now is the cpu and ssd. If you're buying retail, even just a compatible motherboard and power supply on their own will cost you nearly that, nevermind the case, etc.
I recently migrated a server from a VPS to a local machine. I found this neat little machine with a 3.1GHz Core i5 and 8GB of RAM for ~$200. It'll run two worlds with 4-5 players on each before it gets too laggy.
Considering the VPS cost me about $50 a month, the new machine should pay for itself in five months. And at 35W of power consumption it's only costing me like 10¢ per month in electricity.
I just did quick blanketed search just looking at a few systems and your best bet still might be a pre-built.
Save a lil more money and go for i5 and 16gb ram added on. Keep in mind for the price the 1650 super is the best thing. It alone is fetching $500 and people buy pre-builts just for the gpu... sad times.
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super, Intel Core i3-10100, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Windows 11, USB Mouse and Keyboard, Compact Tower Design (TG01-1022, 2020) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_JT82PVZ7XA832QY6PX8G
Buy your own hardware such as this - https://www.amazon.com/QOTOM-celeron-Processor-Fanless-pfSense/dp/B01CSCGD58
Run firewall software. pfSense. OPNsense. RG Nets.
Not that savvy with pc/laptop capabilities. Would this be a better deal than:
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super, Intel Core i3-10100, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Windows 11, USB Mouse and Keyboard, Compact Tower Design (TG01-1022, 2020) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_17AGA8FGWNEZ85HWA0M7
Thanks! I saw it last second and came across this:
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super, Intel Core i3-10100, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Windows 11, USB Mouse and Keyboard, Compact Tower Design (TG01-1022, 2020) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_127196J20H9SHVS429X4
Hoping this will be good enough!
You know you can get a new M1 Mini on Amazon for only $649 here
It's a desktop but is a much better choice than the 2 on eBay
You’re motherboard is limiting your options for any further upgrades, I would recommend replacing the whole system altogether. Here is something I found on Amazon near the price you were looking for and would be way better than any upgrades to your current system. Being stuck on your current CPU socket and ddr3 ram is the biggest things holding you back.
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super, Intel Core i3-10100, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Windows 10 Home, USB Mouse and Keyboard, Compact Tower Design (TG01-1022, 2020) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_291XN99JZR35Z07E6QNQ?psc=1
Sure the M1 Mac Mini is fine to get started with.
If you get successful you can always buy an upgraded one later on or sell it without much loss.
It’s also on sale for 580 on Amazon right now.
2020 Apple Mac Mini with Apple M1 Chip (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08N5PHB83/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_JM5QVTZGNWFE2YYZHMN3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Im not very experienced and even I think this is kinda meh, but it might be the sort of thing you’re looking for
Not sure what your budget is but I got a variation of one of these and threw OPNsense on it and I've been very happy with it.
Something like a qotom.
Don't need specifically this one, but you got several interfaces and built in wifi
HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super, Intel Core i3-10100, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Windows 10 Home, USB Mouse and Keyboard, Compact Tower Design (TG01-1022, 2020) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_029B0QWCG178ES55HN5Q
Not the best but ho has some half decent prebuilts in the 700-900 range. Periphio on Amazon does bundles with monitors and such but worse components and not as trustworthy probably. Others will suggest better most likely. Also hp website has the same computers for cheaper as they do sales a lot on their website.
I recommend this if you’re on a budget
But this here is 100% the persona of “bank for your buck” I’ve had it for years and it still gets me 75 FPS max settings on any game
Only problem is ram, if you want you can spend an extra 40 bucks for another ram stick and add it (super simple)
M1, 256 storage, 8GB RAM. Skip the intel Mini's. $659 on amazon.
Thanks for the advice but I'm looking for prebuilds specifically because of gpu shortages. Is this an improvement? Here
You can buy this one.. and then add extra storage and ram later yourself..
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NCFRFFD this isnt upgradable with the prorpietary power supply connectors but it has a 10100 and a 1650s. if you are going to buy a pc next year then make a post in the future as the market will have gotten a lot better by then
just get this bro.. add some extra storage and RAM yourself in future..
You could get a pc with a dedicated graphics card for less such as this hp pavilion with a 1650 super. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NCFRFFD? The 3200g costs $99 at msrp. PCs with it cost below $500. The processor is built on the zen + architecture used in 2000 series cpus so it’s a bit old now. It should only be used in budget builds and CUK is known to ripoff people with their PCs.
This could meet that $700 price point, though the CPU isn't great (but that can be upgraded later), it should be enough to run Rust. My only reservation for buying HP, Dell, etc. is I assume that HP uses a proprietary form factor on the motherboard, and possibly PSU, so that could limit options in future.
https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-i3-10100-Keyboard-TG01-1022/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=1650+super+pc&qid=1628724925&sr=8-5 this one is a bit cheaper with the same gpu
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NCFRFFD? upgrade ram yourself to 16gb. this pc has a i3 10100 and 1650 super. building yourself is a bit difficult because of the gpu shortage
This one might be able to do it:
But turn on email alerts for this one and if you can, buy one immediately if it's available:
This i3 should be fine. If you decide you need more buying an i5 or i7 and upgrading yourself
https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-Pavilion-Gaming-R5-1650-Super-8GB-256GB-Gaming-Desktop-Tower/943933730 is this pc 599 for you? If not go for this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NCFRFFD? upgrade ram to 16gb on both of them and add more storage
I was thinking to mount a INTEL NUC PC, but that depends. If i will put the unit in a drawr or cabinet there is no need for a PC inside.
Something like this is what I'm going to mount inside. I don't know. It depends where it will be placed. If it will be in a drawr, there is no need for a pc inside
I would recommend you have a larger budget. Prebuilts in the sub $900 range tend to be... not good.
If you absolutely must, this HP Pavillion is okay, but it's not good value for its price at all imo.
You could buy something like this then.. this is a decent entry level gaming pc and will run most eSports games easily at 1080p.. I think it only comes with one 8GB stick of ram.. so you should add another one on your own to make a total of 16GB.. try to get the same ram that is installed in the pc..
HP EliteDesk 800 G2 Mini is actually just $228 (same 6500T/8G config)
- but otherwise cool! I really like my HeroBox :)
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This is pretty much as cheap you can get for a non-office tower prebuilt and what barely qualifies as "gaming" aside from the builds with GT 1030s (this one has a 1650 super):
HP Pavillion prebuilt
This seems decent for the price..
If you can spare $250, you could get something like an HP EliteDesk 800 G2, which has a Core i5-6500T and 8gig of RAM.
Nice! I am really happy with this info. I became a loth wiser thanks to u! I am going for the https://www.amazon.com/QOTOM-celeron-Processor-Fanless-pfSense/dp/B01CSCGD58 most likely cause the zotac has realtek.
x86 PC hardware examples:
1) low-power embedded box, like a Qotom Celeron/Pentium/i-Core series off Amazon, or similar (example).
2) used SFF or thin client PC w/ a multi-NIC card off eBay (example)
What about something like this? Will this run world of warcraft effectively?
Amazon.com: HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super, Intel Core i3-10100, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Windows 10 Home, USB Mouse and Keyboard, Compact Tower Design (TG01-1022, 2020): Computers & Accessories
Top of the line Threadripper: $4,729
M1 Mac mini: $669
New Apple Mac Mini with Apple M1 Chip (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage) - Latest Model https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08N5PHB83/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_95W2CKB7QFBBQZ7S444E?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This one has a 1650 super: https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-i3-10100-Keyboard-TG01-1022/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=asc_df_B08NCFRFFD/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=475692076734&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4968585131344939143&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9021648&hvtargid=pla-1151499374781&psc=1
This is an extremely good prebiult. But the memory amount is insufficient for Warzone
I3 10100 with 1650S is amazing. And for 600$ it is a steal - even PCPartpicker lists this combination as their #1 budget build
I suggest this prebuilt https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-i3-10100-Keyboard-TG01-1022/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=HP+Pavilion+Gaming+Desktop&qid=1615589107&s=electronics&sr=1-3
I just went through this exercise for a relative. This is not even a great PC - it has a core I3 and GTX 1650 - but it is at least $300 cheaper than you can build it yourself right now.
Amazon.com: HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super, Intel Core i3-10100, 8 GB DDR4 RAM, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Windows 10 Home, USB Mouse and Keyboard, Compact Tower Design (TG01-1022, 2020): Computers & Accessories
I bought a GTX 1660 about 18 months ago for $220. That card is selling for $600-800 new right now, which is crazy.
I am considering building a PC with a Ryzen 3400G with Vega 11 at the moment because you can get one for ~160 at the moment if you look around and then upgrade it with a real GPU when the prices come down. Obviously that is not a gaming PC but it puts me in a position to upgrade it in the future and the 3400G is fairly comparable to the Ryzen 5 3600.
Hi everyone I've tried multiple subreddits and no help so maybe I can get help here! I am a macro photographer and looking for a pc set up that can run photoshop and do very light 4k video editing and stack around 100+ images each time I use photoshop (For video editing each video is under 2 minutes usually)
My question is will these two together be enough for what I am asking for?
If you can recommend something that will be fantastic!
Budget is 1200 maybe a little more 1500 max.
I do no gaming at all strictly photo editing
I would look at something like this
Kind of same-ish (youd need to add a HDD, but theyre cheap...) and a much better GPU (like 200% better than the Vega)
A prebuilt like this is good value currently you can upgrade ram to 16gb https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-i3-10100-Keyboard-TG01-1022/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=HP+Pavilion+Gaming+Desktop%2C+NVIDIA+GeForce+GTX+1650+Super%2C+Intel+Core+i3-10100&qid=1614014668&s=electronics&sr=1-1
The HP has a GPU vs the Dell does not here.
Don't bother with that Dell.
The ABS has better graphics performance while the HP has a much better CPU and a DVD writer.
I would still recommend the ABS or the Dell from amazon
Web browsing is getting quite demanding nowadays, YouTube hi-res videos are streamed in vp9. So hardware video decoding for newer codecs such as vp9 may be important... I'd avoid buying anything older than a 7th gen Intel i3 or i5 (or equivalent from AMD). This should last for a few more years before needing to buy a new one.
If space is an issue a mini-pc is awesome and it's low power (it will save on the electricity bill if she has it on most of the time).
This is the one I got myself: https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC-Mainstream-Kit-NUC8i5BEH/dp/B07GX59NY8/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=nuc&qid=1613819946&sr=8-3&th=1&psc=1
I got it from Amazon too, but in Europe. It was cheaper before Xmas...
Gigabyte Brix, Asus Vivo mini, etc are good alternatives to NUCs.
I got lucky and found mine brand new under retail through Apple on Amazon. It wasn’t supposed to get here until the 29th but ended up getting here last night! I was so excited
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I think this community asks for proof of pricing when you say you can get it elsewhere for xyz, so here is proof to the $669 price:
Amazon Proof of Price at $669
Turns out I need it faster than most of those can guarantee. Since the small size is a feature and not a bug for me (need to move overseas), I think I'm headed for this $629 HP build: GTX 1650 Super (!), 8 GB RAM, Intel i3-10100. Can throw another 8 GB in it easily.
https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-i3-10100-Keyboard-TG01-1022/dp/B08NCFRFFD/ref=sr_1_11_sspa?crid=3T6YQHWGY7ZN1&dchild=1&keywords=prebuilt+gaming+pc&qid=1613224331&refinements=p_36%3A2421882011&rnid=2421879011&s=pc&sprefix=Prebui%2Caps%2C189&sr=1-11-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUE3UktZRjNET1pKOFgmZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAxODQxOTUzQ1ZQSlZPSVpCS0NVJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA0ODM1MjgzVEtRV0wwNjUwNzlFJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfbXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ== the only problem with it is that it only has 128 gbs of storage.
It’s m2 and sata, I don’t have a ton of money so it’s a cheap starter. And yet again, I can’t physically go to the data center myself so it had to be public for a second so I can set it up on my private network. It is no longer public, as intended. The issue isn’t “is this good,” I was simply wondering why the public ip was working, then just stopped, despite interfaces looking correct.
Start here for ~$300 and drop to the i3 if you need to save money. Add the specific RAM and SSD you require.
Starting in 2015 (5th generation), the first number(s) in the NUC model names refer to the generation. You probably don't want to go older than 8th generation for your needs. The next 1-2 characters loosely describe the processor (i3, i5, i7, Celeron, Pentium).
get something like (cheaper options probably available) this and install pfsense on it and add any access point(s) you fancy
Basically what you are looking for is some computer that supports FreeBSD. At this point it is FreeBSD 11.
Some of the best liked computers are the Qotom and the Protecti hardware. I love my Qotom 4 interface Celeron based device. It wouldn't recommend getting the one I have below because getting long in tooth but there are updated versions of it.
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that nuc isn't a bad buy for your usage. Generally, they aren't the absolute cheapest PCs around, so I recommend them for people who need portability or reeeeeally need space, first and foremost. But it'd work. As to whether it's a good price, really depends on the internals. You can see these on amazon for comparison. You certainly don't need to pay an extra $250 for a 1660Ti, onboard graphics should do you just fine AND be more power efficient. But there are competitors to the NUC series, if you're really interested in saving money, that would be cheaper.
Great question! I'm looking for a box that can get 1000m but I don't think the Mi Box can. All the amazon boxes are obsolete and cap you at 100m. We have gig speeds now and I have not found one solid certified android box running Google TV that has it. I was even thinking of one of these but was told the box won't run android apps which is absurd. https://www.amazon.com/Asus-CHROMEBOX-M004U-ASUS-Desktop/dp/B00IT1WJZQ/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1534911693&sr=1-11&keywords=Asus+Nexus+Player
Also, want to make sure it can run HDR as that looks amazing and we can update the OS/firmware as needed. Some boxes can't be updated and you need to but an entirely new tv box.
OP, I am in the market for Intel NUCs, but when I see people selling them with SSD and RAM, I walk away from it. Have you considered selling the parts separately? Link to the new unit on Amazon
( not in no way criticizing you, just sharing my observation lately with NUC deals )
I would either grab something like this, or build something in a chopin using a 10100
this is what I've been doing so far. Some people seem unhappy when they learn they'll watch a video.
By nuc you mean this? https://www.amazon.com/Intel-NUC-Mainstream-Kit-NUC8i5BEH/dp/B07GX59NY8/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=nuc&qid=1602783925&sr=8-3
I have an older qotom and it has been rock solid. I have this one with a VGA port instead of an HDMI port but I don't think they make it anymore since it is long in the tooth. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B019Z8T9J0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apap_RBGvwiK9X5IJq
I recommend a getting a Qotom with 4 or more ports. It is easy to find reasons to need more ports even if you only need two now. CARP, Multi-homing/fail-over, or bonding for more bandwidth for more network throughput are all common reasons to need more ports.
Would one of this sort of computers do the trick ? What sort of ram, cpu, storage do I need to be effective. Qotom Mini PC with 8GB RAM 64GB SSD, 4 Intel LAN Port, VGA, 4 USB Port, celeron j1900 Processor Quad core 2 GHz, Fanless Mini PC j1900 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CSCGD58/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_UVSqFbGJPV79Y
Something like this will do your gig speeds, failover and keep cool with no noise
Another solid choice - refurbished, no HDMI, but has DP
Bit of a gamble coming out of China... This even comes pre loaded with pfsense so no driver support issues (Canadian link):