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Cheapest x86 machine?

There are several developers working towards this right now! Unfortunately most of these projects are still in the "Crowdfunding" or "Pre-order" stages. One promising board, the "UP-Board" currently ...
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Mini PC with dual/quad-core CPU as Mac mini alternative

I'll recommend a Gigabyte BRIX, specifically the model with the i5 4570R, a 2.7-3.2 GHz Quad core i5. The iGP is a Iris Pro 5200, with the 128 MB of L4 cache For RAM, I'd recommend a 1866 MT/s 2x8 GB ...
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NUC class system with dual ethernet ports

I specifically recommend you consider specifically a PC Engines APU. http://www.pcengines.ch/apu.htm They come with 2 or 3 gig interfaces, and have internal mini PCIe slots too. You can choose ...
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Mini PC (like Gigabyte BRIX) with more than 2 graphic ports

Anything with DisplayPort 1.2 or better, eg Intel NUC NUC6i5SYH or NUC6i3SYK. DisplayPort daisy-chaining allows for up to 5 monitors connected to a single DP socket.
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general mini-ITX recommendations

TL;DR: Option 3 (way down at the bottom) with a Node 202 Because upgradability and the experience with your son seem to be important to you, I'm going to rule laptops, NUCs, and other prebuilt ...
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Weather station with API access

For those looking for a Weather station with an API i found some (not ordered): 1) Ambient Weather JSON Formatted Data Connection secured by key Lot of weather stations (from $100 to $1000) 2) ...
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Tiny motherboard with full functionality?

To translate your dimensions into normal terms, you're looking for a Mini-ITX (or Mini-DTX) board. I'd recommend the Asus H110I-PLUS/CSM, $86 from Newegg: 6.7" x 6.7" Socket LGA1151 Two RAM slots ...
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Cheap and small server for home / small business installation

Unless your LAMP stack will see high load, the Raspberry Pi 3 is a perfect choice for your purposes. It can even be overclocked decently if you add a few small heatsinks to its chip surfaces. I have ...
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NUC class system with dual ethernet ports

Mini PCIe gigabit ethernet is a thing it seems. Some hacking needed (and warranty voiding maybe?) or maybe a 3d printed lid if its a proper NUC. I'd tradeoff wifi, I suppose, but there's reasonable ...
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NUC class system with dual ethernet ports

If you like the NUC then stay with it. A NUC or other small hardware can run pfsense well with one NIC, provided you have a managed ethernet switch, and you're prepared to have full duplex 500 Mbit ...
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Can the Streacom FC8's heat pipes accomodate a Thin-ITX motherboard

I ended up asking Streacom (what an idea, eh?) and they confirmed that the FC8 should work fine with Thin-ITX, such as the Asus H81T. I received my FC8 Alpha and can confirm that it happily ...
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Mini PC with dual/quad-core CPU as Mac mini alternative

I'm currently running a asrock beebox as a home server and I'm pretty impressed - its a reasonable balance between most of the factors I'd find handy in a small home server. Its tiny, smaller than ...
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NUC class system with dual ethernet ports

Here's my experiment with Intel NUC: I managed to add a second nic by cutting a hole in NUC. (i3, 8GB, flash drive as boot device) More details here: https://serialize.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/...
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NUC class system with dual ethernet ports

Consider the Logic Supply ML100G-10. RAM is a single SODIMM CPU is an Intel Celeron mSATA drive 2×1GbE NUC My company uses a lot of NUC-class machines. While I have no experience with this ...
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Cheap and small server for home / small business installation

If you are looking for the next 5 years of life, why not look at a (refurbished) Dell Small Form Factor PC? A core i3 or i5 (I recommend the latter) will be more than enough for 5+ years of use, plus ...
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Handheld device for programming

I was going to suggest a phone with a good slide-out keyboard such as the Sony Experia Mini, but re-reading your question I noticed you are happy with larger devices possibly up to a tablet device. I ...
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Cheap PC with 8GB of RAM

If you are looking just for a PC without a monitor,speakers, keyboard...(considering you have those). Budget might go bit over the 270$ limit. This would be a perfect PC. You can also buy these parts ...
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Is there a mini-laptop I can buy?

GPD is THE brand for such toys. But your list of requirements I think isn't realistic (and in a way not even relevant.) Even normal big laptops don't usually match those specs so why would you look ...
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Low cost quad-core mini pc options

You can check the specification below to build a PC Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3400G ( CPU Cores: 4; Threads: 8; GPU Cores: 11; Base Clock: 3.7GHz; Max Boost Clock: 4.2 GHz; Memory Channels: 2) $145 ...
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Mini USB Powered Speaker

You've got a couple of problems with your spec and will need to work around them to proceed. First, a USB connected speaker would need its own audio adapter onboard, or drivers that interface with ...
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Mini PC - low power cunsumption - fanless - running 24*7 - Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bits

I know it is not totally fanless, but Intel NUCs are pretty good for what you want. They aren't that expensive and have pretty good performance and upgradeability and they are small. For example this ...
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I need a extremely small display for a chip computer

Check this one for $24 HDMI Port, don't use Touch Pins, just connect it to power and HDMI port. PAL/NTFS around $20 check this one Or this one 48$ with VGA-HDMI-PAL/NTFS Port
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low power computer I can use for DIY NAS with Crashplan

I ended up keeping the Intel CS125, and just returned the 4TB drive, as I technically didn't need that much space yet. For now 2TB will be fine. But after talking with Intel support, they suggested ...
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Fanless mini-itx motherboard with a 4x-16x PCI-e slot for OpenBSD project?

Lowest Cost option: ECS KAM1-I (V1.0) AM1 $25 Number of Memory Slots 2×240pin Memory Standard DDR3 1600 non-ECC, Un-buffered Maximum Memory Supported 16GB Channel Supported ...
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Cheap and small server for home / small business installation

I recently (2 month ago) bought a HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 G1610T. Here is what you get for about 170€ (Here in Germany on amazon) at the lowest configuration: 4 SATA III drive bays One internal ...
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Cheap and small server for home / small business installation

The security is also important so that I can load updates to it over next 5 years. So, you want to keep this device for at leats 5 years, why not make a long time investment? I would recomend the ...
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Fanless mini PC for Linux

There is a IPC2 (Intense PC) mini PC (and similar) which comes with 4th/5th generation of Intel® Core™ i7 Processors and it is compatible with with Linux and Windows. Please check the product page at ...
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Cheapest x86 machine?

Atomic Pi, ~$35 on Amazon. Runs an Atom X5 Z3850 CPU (quadcore, with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB SSD), very energy efficient. Good for Linux, not Windows.
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Cheapest x86 machine?

You can buy used. For example, This - HP DC7800 Ultra Small Form Factor Desktop Computer (Refurbished) - is an extremely cheap x86 platform that does actually have some upgrade potential. It costs $50,...
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Slimmest possible mini-ITX setup with a decent GPU

The answer to my own question is Silverstone RVZ01 with only 10.5 cm height. http://www.silverstonetek.com/raven/products/index.php?model=RVZ01 They include a custom 90 degree riser inside the case, ...
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