If you’re looking for a super-compact PC with an abundance of power, but don’t want to build it all from scratch, Intel’s Next Unit of Computing boxes might be just what you’re looking for. Today on Amazon, the Intel Core i3 and Core i5 models are marked down to some of their lowest prices ever.
The i3 NUC is only $266 today, and the i5 model is selling for $330, or about $50 off the typical asking price. The i5 also ships with Intel’s surprisingly capable HD 5000 integrated GPU, so you could even turn this thing into a tiny game console (or Steam Box). If you think you need a bit more power, you can also take $50 off Gigabyte’s similar Barebone box with integrated Wi-Fi, a faster i5 processor, and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics.
The kits come complete with motherboard, case, processor, and Wi-Fi antennas, but you’ll have to add a mSATA SSD, power cord, wireless card (unless you’re going to use strictly ethernet exclusively), RAM, and your input devices. Still, once you’ve built out your machine, you’ll have a fully-functioning Intel PC with a 4″ x 4″ footprint. [Amazon]
Note: There’s some confusion in the comments about the power cord situation. The NUCs without a power cord still contain a power supply; all you’ll need is a $4.50 mickey mouse cord to plug it into the wall.
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