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Sense mini PC 2

Premium mainstream mini computer with WiFi & Kodi Home Theater Software*

Mini in size only this a mainstream computer with more memory and super fast storage! *Plus when you choose free Linux for your OS we also install free Kodi home theatre software, the ultimate entertainment center, so you also have a Home Theater PC! This build with the included parts below is our current technology standard for a premium mainstream mini PC/Home Theater PC.

The Sense mini PC 2 is designed for casual games, streaming movies and video, music, photos, web browsing, social media and for work! Low wattage power efficient fast CPU, excellent integrated graphics, large memory, feature rich motherboard, super fast and large storage, WiFi, Bluetooth and a great looking mini case that can fit in the palm of your hand!

If you want to customize any part below, no problem, just contact us. All our PCs are shipped fully assembled with operating system pre-installed, unless you ask for a PC assembly project for a fun learning experience.

Sense mini PC 2

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INTEL NUC KIT

Included parts in your Sense mini PC 2!

CPU processor chip

8th Generation Intel Core i3-8109U Processor Coffee Lake architecture

2 cores, 4 threads, Processor Base Frequency 3.00 GHz, Max Turbo Frequency 3.60 GHz, 4 MB SmartCache, TDP 28 W, 14 nm
Multi-task at fast speeds with this low wattage dual core four threads Intel Coffee Lake architecture CPU!

See how we choose a CPU.

GPU Integrated graphics processor unit

Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655

Graphics Base Frequency 300 MHz, Graphics Burst Frequency 300 MHz, Graphics Max Dyamic Frequency 1.05 GHz, 4K support, DirectX support 12, OpenGL support 4.5, up to 3 displays supported.
Save the expense of a separate video card with advanced integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics!

See how we choose a video card.

Memory

8 GB. 2 x Crucial 4GB DDR4-2400 SODIMM, CL 17, 1.2V, Non-ECC, Unbuffered SODIMM.

Two 4 GB memory sticks for 8 GB total.
Run big files with large memory with high clock speeds and low latencies!

Enough memory but you can increase memory anytime you might need up to 32 GB! See how we choose memory.

Motherboard

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEH board

Intel ultra compact form factor (UCFF) motherboard (4" x 4"). CPU: Includes Intel Core i3-8109U Processor detailed above. Memory support: Dual channel 2 SODIMM memory slots, DDR4-2400, non-ECC, unbuffered memory up to 32 GB maximum. Display Ports: 1 HDMI 2.0a port with 4K @60Hz, 1 USB Type-C port with DisplayPort 1.2, up to 3 displays supported. Storage support: 1 M.2 slot supports 1 PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD, 1 SATA 6Gb/s port supports a 2.5" SSD or HDD, 1 microSDXC removable memory card slot. USB support: 4 USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (2 at case front, 2 at case rear), 2 USB 2.0 ports (optionally available by a header). Audio support: Up to 7.1 surround audio via HDMI, 1 headphone/microphone jack, dual-array microphones on front panel. Internet/LAN support: 1 Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V with RJ45 ethernet port. WiFi and Bluetooth: Integrated Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560 (802.11ac), 2x2, up to 1.73 Gbps + Dual Mode Bluetooth 5.0, 1 Thunderbolt 3 port and more features! Wow!

This small rock solid feature rich motherboard is the foundation of your PC. See how we choose a motherboard.

SSD Solid state drive

Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500 GB M.2 PCIe Gen 3.0 x4, NVMe 1.3

Capacity 500 GB, sequential read up to 3,500 MB/s, sequential write up to 3,200 MB/s, random read (4KB, QD32) up to 480,000 IOPS, random write (4KB, QD32) up to 550,000 IOPS, random read (4KB, QD1) up to 19,000 IOPS, random write (4KB, QD1) up to 60,000 IOPS!

Incredible PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD speed! Way faster boot up of your OS and loading of your main apps! If you want more storage you can always add more SSDs or traditional hard drives.

See how we choose a hard drive and/or solid state drive.

Case

Intel NUC Kit NUC8i3BEH Case

Ultra compact form factor (UCFF) mini PC case, size 4.60" x 4.40" x 2.01", black and grey, front ports - 2 USB 3.0, headphone/microphone jack. Rear ports - 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB-C, 1 HDMI, 1 RJ45 Internet jack, 1 Thunderbolt.

Stay cool with a great looking case so small it'll fit almost anywhere!

See how we choose a computer case.

PSU Power supply

Back panel DC power connector (12-19V)

US power cord included, just plug into wall and into PC.

See how we choose a PSU.

Pre-installed Operating System

Choose an operating system OS that you want pre-installed on your PC from the choices below. To order the OS you want, before you click 'Add to Cart' for your PC select that OS from the drop down menu.

We recommend Linux Mint or Ubuntu, hey it drops the price of the PC for you and they're very cool! If you want any other Linux distro, for example Debian, openSUSE, Mageia or Fedora no problem just let us know we'll install that instead! Choose Windows if you need it for a specific purpose.

See how you save on a new PC with Linux and also how we choose the OS.

Recent updates to OS choices

April 29, 2019. Updated Ubuntu version to Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Desktop 64 bit, Long Term Support (LTS) release.

January 3, 2019. Updated Linux Mint version to Linux Mint 19.1 'Tessa' MATE 64 bit, Long Term Support (LTS) release.

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Operating system choices

Linux Mint 19.1 'Tessa' MATE 64 bit Edition

Long Term Support (LTS) release, supported for 5 years from release! Installed and installation DVD included! Includes Firefox browser, LibreOffice a full office suite, music and video players, and more free software packages you can imagine! We also install Google Chrome browser for you.

Or

Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS Desktop 64 bit

Long Term Support (LTS) release, supported for 5 years from release! Installed and installation DVD included! Includes Firefox browser, LibreOffice a full office suite, music and video players, and more free software packages you can imagine! We also install Google Chrome browser for you.

Or

Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Installed and installation OEM DVD included. Microsoft's latest operating system.

Or

Dual Boot Linux and Windows

It'll be the computer cost with Windows plus $29 for the dual OS installation. Most of you will be fine with just Linux in our view! If you need this option just contact us.

Due to fast changing technology, supply factors and dropping prices we may substitute a part for another we consider the same or better with no increase in price.

Recommended add-on products

Keyboard and mouse

Logitech Desktop MK120 Keyboard and Mouse Combo $24

Sleek, comfortable keyboard and high-definition optical mouse, USB connections.

Monitor

ASUS 21.5 inch LED LCD Monitor $139

Wide Screen TFT LCD with LED Backlight, full HD 1920 x 1080 max/native resolution, 5 ms response time, 250 cd/m2 brightness, DVI, HDMI, VGA inputs, black. See how we choose a monitor.

Entertainment monitor

ASUS 23.6 inch LED LCD Monitor $179

Widescreen, full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, LED backlight, 2ms GTG response time, 250 cd/m2 brightness or higher, HDMI, DVI, VGA inputs, black.

Speakers

Logitech Z200 Stereo Speakers $39

10 watts of peak power, rich, clear stereo for great acoustics and room-filling sound. 2 x 3.5 mm input jacks, headphone jack, power, volume and tone controls on right speaker. See how we choose computer speakers.

Entertainment speakers

CREATIVE INSPIRE T3300 2.1 Speaker System $59

5.5 Watts RMS per channel (2 channels), 16 Watts RMS subwoofer

WiFi adapter external USB

All builds include a wired Internet connector, and some builds also include WiFi or support for a WiFi module. Only get this if your build doesn't already have WiFi and you want WiFi in addition to the wired connector from an external USB WiFi adapter.

Edimax AC600 Wireless Dual-Band Mini USB Adapter EW-7811UTC $27

AC600 (Up to 433 Mbps at 5 GHz or 144 Mbps at 2.4 GHz) wireless speed, 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, dual band connections, USB 3.0. Linux driver installation instructions. We install it if you order it at the same time as a PC.

Or

Edimax AC1200 Wireless Dual-Band USB Adapter EW-7822UAC $49

AC1200 (Up to 867 Mbps at 5 GHz or 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz) wireless speed, 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, dual band connections, USB 3.0. Linux driver installation instructions. We install it if you order it at the same time as a PC.

WiFi adapter internal PCI Express

All builds include a wired Internet connector, and some builds also include WiFi or support for a WiFi module. Only get this if your build doesn't already have WiFi and you want WiFi in addition to the wired connector from an internal PCI Express WiFi adapter.

TP-Link AC1300 Wireless Dual Band PCI Express Adapter Archer T6E $59

AC1300 (867 Mbps at 5 GHz or 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz) wireless speed, 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, dual band connections, Broad Wireless Range – 2 external antennas ensure a greater range of Wi-Fi connection and stability, PCI Express.

Laptops, printers, webcams, or any other PC parts

Just contact us we'll make a recommendation for the right part at a low price!

Recent updates to Sense mini PC 2 build

May 1, 2019. Brand new mini PC build using an Intel NUC kit, with added large memory and an NVME M.2 SSD. Faster, and now so small it can fit in the palm of your hand!

August 3, 2018. Changed CPU to dual core, motherboard and memory, made PC more affordable.

June 15, 2018. Upgraded CPU to Intel Gemini Lake architecture, upgraded memory, motherboard to match!

April 5, 2018. Upgraded case.

August 31, 2017. Upgraded CPU and motherboard to Intel Apollo Lake architecture with Intel HD Graphics 500. Changed memory to DDR3L UDIMM.

August 24, 2016. Upgraded CPU and motherboard to Intel Braswell Refresh architecture with Intel HD Graphics 400. Changed memory to DDR3L SODIMM.

May 10, 2016. Upgraded embedded CPU and motherboard to N3150 Celeron CPU.

April 6, 2016. Asus motherboard.

February 1, 2016. New lower cost build with more storage capacity.

Order Info

Want something customized?

If you want to change any part(s) for a specific need, no problem, just contact us before you order, we'll customize it for you and tell you the low cost.

No sales tax outside California

No sales tax charged on shipments outside California.

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We use PayPal to process payments but it's not required to have a PayPal account, you can pay with any major credit card.

Shipping to USA and Canada

We ship all over the contiguous US by UPS ground and charge a reasonable flat shipping fee for each item to cover our shipping, handling and insurance expenses. To see a shipping cost add an item to the shopping cart. If you want shipment any other way, no problem, just let us know.

Other US non-contiguous states and territories please contact us for additional shipping costs since it costs more.

Canadian and other international buyers, as applicable, pay additional shipping, customs and taxes, please contact us.

We usually ship within three business days of your order, we build and test a new PC for you after your order is received, keeping your build current. You will be on your new computer before you know it!

Purchase orders from institutions

Educational institutions, non-profits, charitable organizations, NGOs, this is an ideal product for you. A great product at a great price! Just contact us, we would love to help your cause.

Need help on your order?

If you have any questions before ordering your PC just contact us.

Want to assemble your own PC for fun?

For more information on how to order this unique option we provide, click on PC assembly project. All other PC orders will be shipped fully assembled with the operating system installed.

Free tech support by email, phone or Skype

To help initial setup if you need any. Just contact us.

Warranty and return policy

We want you to be satisfied with your purchase, please see our warranty and return policy.

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