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I'm shopping for a new PC for the wife. She has a fairly new Asus laptop, but the thing is garbage under Windows 10 (lots of startup issues, etc). Sure looked good in the store. So I could build her a custom system, but I came across Intel NUCs and the like - essentially bookside machines. She doesn't game, so this is just a desk workhorse. Examples:
I built a Shuttle system some years ago and was more than happy with it. However, for not much more than that price you could probably get a Dell laptop (She and I each have one) that comes complete. And runs Windows 10 with no problems.
I have two Intel NUCs, i5-based, 5th gen and 6th gen (both older than the ones you're looking at).
With RAM maxed out and a cheap SSD, they're plenty fast. I use the newer (32GB RAM/2TB SSD) to host a crapload of Linux VMs under Hyper-V, and the older one (16GB RAM/512MB SSD) is used to RDP into other machines elsewhere. That one is sitting on my desk, and is running 3 monitors, including a 4K 40" TV. The video chipset is fast enough to play a 1080p video full-screen side-by-side on each monitor independently, although it struggles with an actual 4K video (which is not an impediment for me).
Apart from the aforementioned 4K video playback, it's managed to keep up with every task I've ever tried to throw at it--although I'm no gamer either. To be fair, all "big" games nowadays require a dedicated video card, and Intel's video hardware has always been at the bottom of the list. But that doesn't matter to a non-gamer.
Bonus: I literally cannot hear it, unless the fan is spinning pretty fast - which it started doing a lot earlier this year until I blew the dust out - and I haven't heard it since. It's not the workload that got it to run hot, it was the dust accumulation.
Bottom line - I like 'em a lot.
Yes, both are running Win10. Intel has good drivers for them.
For her existing Asus, if there are issues, update the bios. Format the drive fresh install windows, then update the chipset drivers, then do all the other updates, and software installs. That used to be a ritual for any new laptop that came from Dell / Asus / Acer or whoever, just to clear out the sh!te and start fresh and get them running smoothly.
From my recent experience with my wife's 6 y/o all-in-one:
It came with Win7 home, and had upgraded to Win10. It's always been dog slow and I've hated working with it. Several months ago it started failing to boot/restart with a bsod hardware issue. After fighting with it for a few days, I decided it was time for either a new machine, or a clean install of Win10. Of course, she wanted the easiest (more expensive) option of a new all-in-one. I decided to first try a new SSD, another stick of RAM, and clean windows install. If it didn't work, I could use those parts later on anyway.
It was an amazing success! Even with just an i3, it is blazingly fast. It was also half the price of a new machine. If I'm lucky, it should last another 6 years.
You have nothing to loose, so try putting Linux on it. Also, max out the ram and put a ssd in it. You can do all the normal stuff (web, mail, etc), and it won't bog you down with corrupted updates.
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