The Intel NUC mini PC kit NUC7i5BNK Core i5 is down to $271.99 as part of temporary Amazon Lightning deal. These deals usually only last for a few hours and involve a very limited supply. This NUC normally sells for $350 or more and has never dropped this low.

NUC stands for Next Unit of Computing, and it represents a small form factor computer created by Intel. This thing is tiny enough to fit in your hand but powerful enough to run even modern games like Rocket League and Minecraft (on lower settings, but still). It would make a great alternative workstation for you or a budget system for someone whose work doesn't put a lot of stress on computers. It's small and portable, which means it would work for people on the go or people working in confined spaces.

The system comes with almost everything you need to get up and running. The two things you'll have to buy separately are the internal storage and the RAM. The NUC can fit a M.2 form SSD either 22x42 or 22x80, so you'll want something like this $134 Samsung 860 EVO M.2 SSD. The RAM can hold a maximum of 32GB DDR4 2133MHz memory, which is a lot compared to other NUCs. Start with 8GB for $95 and you can expand later if you think you need to. Once you install those, which this system makes very easy to do, you can plug in your favorite monitor, keyboard, and mouse and it's like you just built a new computer.

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