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Tuesday
Jul152014

Assembling an Intel NUC i5 Mini PC

I needed a new fast small general-purpose Windows PC, so I bought an Intel NUC - the D54250WYK to be precise. This also seemed like a good reason to make a new video...so I did and here it is. 

 

Below are links to all the components shown in the video. 

Intel NUC D54250WYK Core i5 1.3 GHZ

240GB Crucial mSATA SSD

   

8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 SODIMM 204 Pin Memory

Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260 Network (& Bluetooth)

    

Logitech K400 Wireless Touch Keyboard

UK Cloverleaf Power Lead

  

I've noticed whenever I make videos about computer equipment the youtube comments attract angry weirdos, so if that happens with this one I may have to switch them off. 

A full manual/product specs can be downloaded from the Intel website HERE

The general Intel support page for this particular NUC kit is here

 

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Reader Comments (15)

Before you switch them off! - Thanks for that, I had no idea these things existed.

They are nearly as good as my old Mac mini now (and the reason I have one of them is that the old PC's "MADE TOO MUCH NOISE".

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVoyager03

I assembled one of these for a friend of mine, really nice compact quiet device with plenty of vroom to boot.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStuartM

Mat, Nice review as always :-) however I've difficulty understanding your choice. As a Mac user I would have expected you to get a Mac mini rather than this pale copy that requires all sorts of add-ons. The Mac mini can function as a PC using Bootcamp (free) or as a Mac running OSX. I.o.w., two machines in one. Other than that it is complete and works right out of the box. Good luck with trying to run OSX on your NUC. I know, I'm just one of those "weirdos" but... ;-)

July 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteraviva

I'm not sure if there is any need to understand why I buy anything. I just wanted to make a video about a NUC. If I never bought anything new then I'd have nothing to make videos about. I wanted a stand alone Windows machine for reasons that are too complicated/dull to go into in a few sentences.

July 19, 2014 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Looks a very nice unit. I am considering looking out for a secondhand one like your old one, putting Linux on it and using it for online video and games emulation. The Ouya is just too restricted at the moment

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRuss

Are you planning to turn off IOS/Apple evangelists too? There'a one above.... just kiddin'. :)

I have assembled a few NUC's this year and just wanted to make a tip about to FIRST connect the WIFI
antennas BEFORE screwing down the WIFI card, helps a lot, IMHO anyway.
And you can peel back the plastic 'condoms' if you're careful. ;^)

Are you also aware of a new H version of the NUC namely the Intel NUC D54250WYKH ?
I'ts the same NUC but it's a bit higher and thus accomplishes a 2.5" SSD, it makes a comlete NUC cheaper and you can drop a much higher capacity SSD in it, I use a Seagate 480GB.
Here's the link for it:
http://www.intel.se/content/www/se/sv/nuc/nuc-kit-d54250wykh.html
Thanks!

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatte

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August 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKumar

Can Intel NUC be interfaced with NVIDIA-GPU for CUDA Application?
Any suggestions regarding it?

September 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Hi Matt
What is wrong with the links?
Cant seem to direct to Amazon or elsewhere
Thanks

September 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Well....overall, it seems to be quite a good small form factor computer....but the problem is: can i add a HDD with this model?(not the other model that seems to be 1 inch taller then this)
I gotta plan that is to DIY a SATA power to SATA power cable n grab a short SATA data cable then connect it to a WD Blue 1TB 2.5in drive that I will stick to the bottom cover of the NUC using double-sided tape.
Anyone can give me what exactly height is from the bottom cover of the NUC to the RAM modules inside? :-)

January 9, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Law

Could you list the details for the USB WiFi adaptor with antenna that worked with Win 8 before you loaded the drivers? Thanks.

January 26, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermmbutler

Sorry but I have no idea what the model is or who makes it. I just found it in my box of old stuff. As far as I remember it's just a no-name brand generic device.

January 26, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Good stuff! Thank you for sharing!

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJarron

Hello.. This is a good Intel NUC.. and Good Article, as I also looking for this product. However, I want to ask whether the offering price from http://www.itosa.co.id/

Is good enough or not ? please kindly advice me, Thank You..

September 15, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterabud

Thanks for this great video. I was just wondering the following: I am planning to build myself a radio studio and since the NUC is a very quiet device it's a good candidate to work as a playout solution. The thing is that I prefer with a dual-screen setup. How does your device achieve while running a dual-monitor setup? Did you try it? Could even give it a try and tell me your experience? Thanks!

January 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBram

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