I’ve gotten my hands on an Intel NUC8i7BEH 16gig model for $250. It’s a quite powerful computer in a really small form factor and is about the same price as just the CPU alone. The problem is it has practically 0 upgradability for storage.
I’m on a tight budget of ~$250 (500 if I sell the NUC), not including hard drives, looking at two possible setups:
- Keeping the NUC and building a cheap storage only NAS
- Selling the NUC and building a more powerful single computer/NAS
The problem with building a cheap storage only NAS is that cases seem to be really expensive, and it’d be better to get the most use out of a single case.
However, if I sell the NUC and build a single powerful computer, I run into a problem of CPU prices. The closest thing I’ve found to my current intel i7-8550u is about $150.
I’d appreciate some guidance or a direction to start my research. Thank you.