I'd like it to support 2 monitors (1PC + 1 HDMI)
If it does not come with an SSD, I'll add it
Need to be able to run:
Windows 7 Preferred
WSJT-X (first digital slice)
Anyone know of any good buys? Of course I can build one, but I'm trying to keep the cost down.
I have used several Intel NUC i5 (older generation, newer ones out there now). It is 4" by 4" by 3" and supports DVI and concurrent DisplayPort at 4K each. Also supports M.2 SSD which is at least 5X faster than high end SSD but requires Win 10 (not my favourite OS).
As an added feature, it can be run off 13V (specs and case printing say 19V) and functions well under 11V, drawing typically under 1A. A serial port header is on the MB without any external connections. I haven't tried using it though, I use a multi-port USB3->Serial hub.
Haven ́t used them but I recently had to buy a PC locally and researching the Dell offerings came across this one.
loads of info there
Build one - cheap
My fanless PC is going great guns and more than enough computing power
NUC's are expensive for no other reason than the name
You can do better for cheaper
shout if you need anything answered
Following Simon's original post, I sent off for a 6th gen I5 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD Win7. Runs up to 8 panadapters/slices on the 6700, powers directly from 12Volts, low drain, never runs at more than 45 degrees C max, hasn't missed a beat in over 6 months.
My advice is take fanless over super small. 8gb Ram is enough. It will run the 6700, a screen caster, skimmer (lots of video load) I built a fanless i3 version of this in a smaller case as a backup computer for $120. It will run 2 monitors and is adequate for the 6700, SSDR, skimmer, Chrome and Writelog but I like the i7 better
I seem to have issues doing things small, this is a monster Phantom 820 case with an Intel i7-5690X O/C to 4.6GHz, 32gigs DDR4, SLI Classified GTX 980's, an Intel 750 NVMe PCIe SSD, liquid cooling and it takes up a bunch of shack space. It did pretty good stacked up against others at the Overclockers forum but it's almost 2 years old now, still blazing fast though.
I'm considering buying one of the new Intel Skull Canyon NUCS for Shack duty later this year.