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Intel NUC at Overclockers UK
The Intel NUC range of small-form-factor personal computers reimagines the traditional desktop computer as a mini powerhouse suited to a range of applications. NUC is an acronym of Next Unit of Computing, and Intel have created a number of barebone kits that can be tailored to your own specifications. This gives you the opportunity to build a mini PC that’s perfectly suited to a specific task—whether gaming, multimedia, productivity, or any other application.
NUC PCs also have a great reputation for running efficiently, meaning they generally generate less heat and subsequently less fan related noise. They are customizable with your choice of memory, storage and wireless connectivity. In addition to this, NUC mini PCs also benefit from being open to your choice of operating system, allowing you to base your system on Linux, Windows and in some cases Apple OS.
Intel NUC Systems—The Barebones
At their core, NUC computers consist of a motherboard with an integrated CPU and GPU; the NUC case and fan in a variety of sizes; external power supply; VESA mounting brackets; and external connectivity options including display ports, USB ports, Ethernet, audio, and power connections. Each generation, and subsequently each kit within that generation, features different configurations of these specifications. This means you should carefully check the specs of each model before committing to a purchase.
This kind of barebones system means you can decide on the RAM, storage options and connectivity options you wish to include. All NUC cases include room for SODIMM memory modules, mSATA for storage, a PCI-e slot for components such as a wireless antenna plus either usb 2.0 or 3.0 ports. Additionally, the larger NUC computers provide the connections and space to install a 2.5 inch SATA drive in your choice of either HDD or SSD.
In addition to the larger and more powerful NUC mini PCs, Intel also offers a range of Compute Sticks. Put simply, the Compute Stick squeezes a diminutive desktop PC into a large USB dongle, providing HDMI connectivity by plugging in the stick to your monitor or television. Ideal for web surfing, streaming or productivity applications, the Intel Compute Stick places extremely powerful and efficient PC components into your pocket—bringing you a computing experience that is truly mobile and remarkably versatile.
The functionality of Intel NUC and its compact size make it ideal for a number of applications—whether as a second computer or as a standalone PC. Gamers in particular employ NUC PCs as a second “workhorse” computer to complement their custom gaming PCs. In many cases, gamers attach the NUC directly to the back of the monitor and use the unit for Internet browsing, media streaming or simple productivity tasks. This configuration ensures that performance systems are less exposed to viruses or malware through daily web browsing, while also taking up less resources and providing a much quieter system for home theatre setups. Additionally, some games that are not particularly resource intensive can also be run on NUC setups, making them the ideal solution for LAN parties and other communal gaming experiences.
NUC from Intel is also popular within offices, universities and schools for a number of reasons. Firstly, the small-form-factor saves space and provides ample power for most productivity based applications. Dedicated conference room PCs are also a popular and reliable alternative to hooking up laptops. However, the Intel NUC has become a particular favourite within places of learning as they can easily be connected together and used as a thin client in computer labs. Finally, the NUC is also well suited to commercial applications, such as digital signage, both personal and professional surveillance systems, and for an innumerable amount of other critical applications where portability is paramount.
NUC at Overclockers UK
Overclockers UK is committed to excellence and our expertise within the gaming industry is second-to-none. That is why, when you buy an NUC PC from us, you can expect the very best service and advice so you can make an informed decision. We stock everything you need to build your NUC mini PC from the ground up, including a wealth of peripherals and accessories to enhance your system and get the most from your computing experience. In addition to the Overclockers UK knowledge base and team of experts, our community forums bring peer-to-peer advice and guidance to you whenever you need it. In fact, whatever your question or query, you are sure to find the answer at Overclockers UK. Discover how you can get the most out of your PC gaming and explore our website today.