- Jul 20, 2016
Solid deal, they are probably spec'd a little lower than I would like even for a light home workstation or HTPC (8GB and 250+GB SSD ideally as minimums) but the i3-6300 is a very capable CPU that gives the feel of a lot of instantaneous speed for lighter workloads. You are probably saving a decent chunk getting this over maybe a similar spec'd NUC, although you have to factor in the difference of buying a 2nd 4GB stick instead of maybe 2x4GB on the NUC, and a larger 250+GB SSD and eating the built-in cost of the 128GB that comes with this unit.
Should be a solid HTPC unit however there are mixed reports on whether the HD530 will pass 4K/60 4:4:4 subchroma. Seems like there is somewhat of a crapshoot depending on the board and HDMI chip onboard.
I personally went with an Alienware X51 as my HTPC to replace a Haswell NUC. Its MUCH bigger, but its also fully upgradable from the barebone platform, only cost me $430 on clearance at MicroCenter. Right now I have 8GB RAM, GTX 1060 FE, i3 6100, 512GB 950 pro for OS/programs and a 1TB RAID0 SSD array in it. Not bad for a unit that's slightly larger than the original XB1 and still pulls less than 200W under load.
Even I missed it, cause a friend suggested to wait for the black friday! Hope I will get something better then! Thanks everyone!