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2018 Intel NUC8i5BEH [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 LTSC // modified 1947 Philips Model 100 Radio custom NUC case  

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Boltoway
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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.

Now I have added an Aorus Gaming Box eGPU so I can use Parsec to stream games.

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. 


System Specifications

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


Software

Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC build 1809


eGPU Hardware

AORUS GTX 1070 Gaming Box + Stock 50CM Thunderbolt 3 Cable + Nvidia 466.11 Drivers


Hardware Images

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.

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I added the valves from the original radio to take up space behind the fascia and can be seen through the glass faceplate:

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Internal Green USB LEDs for a Fallout-inspired aesthetic:

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Installation

Plug in Aorus Gaming Box power cord > Plug in Thunderbolt 3 Cable to system > wait until Windows has installed device drivers > install latest Nvidia graphics drivers.


Benchmarks

Cuda-Z / GTX 1070 Unigine Heaven:

cuda z nuc
Nuc 1070 egpu heaven

 


Comments

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:

desktop windowed parsec tp link smart plug

Parsec in Windowed mode, accessing the server:

desktop windowed parsec

The smart plug and headless display adaptors used in the build:

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2018 Intel NUC8i5BEH [8th,4C,U] + GTX 1070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (AORUS Gaming Box) + Win10 LTSC // modified 1947 Philips Model 100 Radio custom NUC case [build link]  


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