Intel NUC Kit D34010WYK The Ultimate Media Center Device
- i3 Haswell Processor
- Intel HD 4400 GPU
- Micro HDMI
- 15W peak power usage
- TV or Monitor with HDMI
- Laptop Ram
- Mini PCI express slot for a SSD based storage
- NUC - $300
- Ram 4GB - $60
- 256GB Corsair SSD - $150
- ~$550 + TV/Monitor
Essentially the processor is an Ultrabook processor in a different form factor. So you get the performance of an Ultrabook, but for much much cheaper.
The Intel 4400 HD GPU is capable of playing most games on low-medium settings:
So after setting up Netflix, ftp server, VLC media player, windows file sharing, snes/n64 emulator. You get a complete media center that is capable of playing movies, games, music off of a local network, while also being capable of playing most games on low-medium settings.
One big bonus for using such a power efficient device is that the peak power usage is 15W and standby is around 2-5W, so your electric bill will not go up by much -- even if you keep the device on all of the time.