2018 Intel NUC8i5BEH [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 LTSC // modified 1947 Philips Model 100 Radio custom NUC case
I have a NUC8I5BEH that I run a couple of dedicated Minecraft & Valheim servers off, and as a media streaming server. While the NUC has an incredible little case, I wanted to make a custom case from an old valve radio. This has been an ongoing project for a while, most of which was searching for the perfect case. Finally, I came across a long dead but surprisingly well maintained bakerlite valve radio, a 1947 Philips Model 100, at a market. After haggling with an Irishman, I committed to it.
This is where this system differs slightly from most. My eGPU is constantly plugged into the system, but is powered through a TP-Link HS100 Smart Plug. This enables me to access the server remotely from another PC or Mobile Phone and wirelessly turn on the eGPU. Once activated, Parsec automatically switches to the eGPU and I can now stream games from the system with the power of the GTX 1070. Once I am done, I use the same process to turn off the eGPU, and Parsec returns to streaming via the integrated Iris Graphics.
2018 Intel NUC8i5BEH
Intel Core i5-8259U
Intel Iris Plus 655
32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 RAM SODIMM @ 2400Mhz
1TB Kingston A2000 2280 NVME M.2 SSD
Seagate 2TB 2.5" HDD
Intel Wireless-AC 9560 + Bluetooth 5.0
Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC build 1809
Vintage Valve Radio:
Gutting the internals, cleaning the case and installing a very simple base plate was almost all I needed to do. Two round headed buttons were mounted to the original volume and tuning dial holes.
I added the valves from the original radio to take up space behind the fascia and can be seen through the glass faceplate:
Internal Green USB LEDs for a Fallout-inspired aesthetic:
I have used Parsec to stream games from different systems and access my NUC server for a while with great success, and have long wondered if it would work with an eGPU. As it turns out, it does.
Smart Plug Software used to control the eGPU as viewed through Parsec, being streamed to my main system:
Parsec in Windowed mode, accessing the server:
The smart plug and headless display adaptors used in the build: