Nice...From right there (newegg.ca). On November 30, 2013 it was $54.99 a piece.
I think as long as it's the same make/model/spec, it should be OK.Does matching even matter if you are not over-clocking?
The smaller the number, the faster the RAM (lower latency), the more expensive. Both will work.CL-9 or CL-11 ??
In real life it does not, milliseconds here or there dont make much of a difference.Or does it not matter?
My sense is down the road, as the world gets smaller, there may be more mSATA options than SATA options...
Personally.. I would put the mSATA... specially if its only an SSD, etc.On SSD, here's an interesting one. I am going for a small SSD boot drive in my HTPC, No other drive at this time. The 120GB Samsung EVO SSD is a model I like and its now available in both a 2.5 SATA and an mSATA configuration. The NUC I am considering can handle either one.
Do I purchase the 2.5" SATA version and leave the mSATA free for future possible use? or
Do I purchase the mSATA version and leave the 2.5" slot SATA free for future possible use?
Or does it not matter?
My sense is down the road, as the world gets smaller, there may be more mSATA options than SATA options, so I should go for the 2.5 now, leaving th mSATA slot free. Also the 2.5 may easier to find ( and perhaps slightly cheaper).
The only reason to go NUC is physical size. If I have to pay upwards of $900 vs $500 or less, I would try to make due with a mini-ITX system,...
FWIW, I based my price quote on the MyMedia08, which is high to begin with....
Agree completely its not about price. .. more about function as you say, and the good stuff re flexibility, reliability, power consumption, etc. And of course we all look for great value in the process.The goal is not to build the cheapest computer that can be called HTPC, but one having desired features...
Thanks for the ordering tips re cable, and readiness tips re firmware and driver. The NUC/XBMC/Win8.1 (perhaps in at KH1 height), is a exactly what I am considering (vs mini-ITX alternative).Last week I put i5 NUC together for my HTPC running XBMC, and for some other light server duties. Base box was $396.69, 16GB (2x8GB) of G.Skill 1600 CL9 RAM was $109.98, and Plextor M5M 128GB mSATA SSD was $109.99.....
Once set up, remote for day-to-day use. Wireless keyboard/mouse is needed when messing with BIOS. I use Logitech K400 that has integrated touchpad, so I don't need mouse. For much of system and XBMC configuration I'm using Windows Remote Desktop from my main PC.Sounds great! Glad things are systematically working out. As you say, one challenge at a time.
Re remote control, do users typical use more than one of the following ?
- wireless keyboard/mouse
- IR media remote
- android/IOS app
I know the wife will definitely need a remote or a tablet app.. and I figure I will at least need the keyboard/mouse for setup (unless I use remote desktop).