The Intel NUC DC3217IYE (sold by Intel under the name "NUC", Next Unit of Computing) is a small computer on the market that should have enough power for an HTPC (Home Theater PC): an Intel Core i3-3217U ULV with two times 1.8 GHz and an HD4000 graphics unit have more than enough power on paper. Based on my FreeNAS system, which receives the data via miniDLNA a system on this basis should be the ideal media player - which is also extremely flexible.
The following components are required to configure a complete HTPC with WLAN using the Intel NUC DC3217IYE:
- Intel DC3217IYE (2x HDMI, Core i3 with 1.8 GHz, Gigabit-LAN): ~270 Euro at Amazon
- Crucial M4 64 Gigabyte (mSATA): ~ 76 Euro at Amazon
- Kingston ValueRAM, 4 GB, SO-DIMM: ~28 Euro at Amazon
- be quiet! notebook power supply (65 Watt): ~42 Euro at Amazon
If you want it completely silent (which can be quite useful with such a system) you can order the Impactics D1NU-USB-S Packagewhich dissipates the heat via aluminium fins. For WLAN a corresponding adapter is still needed, here the solution from Intel offers itself: Centrino WiFi Link 6300 (802.11 a/g/n, 2.4 and 5 GHz) and corresponding Antennas.
On the software side, there's a free choice, thanks to the x86 platform and enough power, you can go for example for Windows (then with XBMC), OpenELEC (where XBMC is directly integrated) or to any Linux distribution
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