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    Default Suggestions for a small form factor PC

    Looking for a small form factor PC to drive a graphics display. Was considering a Mac Mini but they are approaching 3 years since their last hardware refresh and the spec is looking a bit dated now. Intel Iris 5100 integrated GPU is a good as it gets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveB View Post
    Looking for a small form factor PC to drive a graphics display. Was considering a Mac Mini but they are approaching 3 years since their last hardware refresh and the spec is looking a bit dated now. Intel Iris 5100 integrated GPU is a good as it gets.

    Any suggestions from the congregation?
    Doing what? is it just to display a rotating powerpoint or to be used for gaming?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    Doing what? is it just to display a rotating powerpoint or to be used for gaming?
    Not gaming specifically but needsto be able to display animation output in HD or ideally 4k. Not up to the latest gaming outputs with huge amounts of particle and filter effects, but good enough that it will run smoothly at 40 fps or better. In gaming terms think WoW rather than say Battlefield 1 or Crysis 3.
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    If you know what kind of spec you are after then the usual suspects will build one for you.

    https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/intel-mini-pcs/

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/pc-sy...ll-form-factor
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    Doing what? is it just to display a rotating powerpoint or to be used for gaming?
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    NUC or Brix no use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBW View Post
    If you know what kind of spec you are after then the usual suspects will build one for you.

    https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/intel-mini-pcs/

    https://www.overclockers.co.uk/pc-sy...ll-form-factor
    Part of the problem is that I'm way out of date on PC graphics hardware, so no real idea where to start with speccing that. CPU ram HDD etc are no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b0redom View Post
    NUC or Brix no use?
    Looked at NUC but again the graphics options seem limited to the onboard Intel integrated graphics which aren't much cop for anything other than powerpoint as far as I can tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveB View Post
    Part of the problem is that I'm way out of date on PC graphics hardware, so no real idea where to start with speccing that. CPU ram HDD etc are no problem.
    I'm much the same - just whack in the most expensive one you can find and it must be good enough
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