So Plex server [preview only available to Plex Pass customers] supports Intel QuickSync video transcoding It's MUCH faster and doing in CPU alone. Emby HTPC servers does the same, but in stable/regular version. Many had reported Intel Celeron J1900 on systems similar like this one are able to transcode HD video on the fly for 2 or even more streams. Quite a feat I must say. Here's good wiki page on features and difference in QC between various CPU generations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Quick_Sync_Video#Linux Obviously Intel latest and greatest architecture named Kirby Lake offers most progressive features and widest currently available featureset in relation to video codecs . Now, This is what is currently available for person looking to build Kaby Lake based htpc server with possible 4k support (be careful to make sure it has real HDMI 2 port with HDCP 2.2) (with external/nas storage) few options: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...7100U_Intel_Kabylake-U-_-56-158-053-_-Product. It's the cheapest but it's sole review is not very reassuring of it's quality nor customer care in manufacture response. https://www.amazon.com/UN65U-M021M-VivoMini-Barebones-i7-7500U-integrated/dp/B06WV7NB95?th=1. This one is much more popular, but not without it's issues (see top review on amazon). Generally Asus has better CS than Asrock. Previous model had not very convenient power brick, one you must plugin directly to outlet. https://www.amazon.com/MSI-i3-7100U..._rd_wg=OHGQH&refRID=2RF36F2N60JJ0GDSY8XA&th=1. Not much to say about this one, except it's thinner than other options and for some reason more expensive. Edit: I guess included IR receiver and remote could be useful for some folks... Now, to the venting part: So If a barebone pc, which includes case (+fans if needed), motherboard, wifi/bt, cpu, power supply cost starts from about $270, then How come one could purchase COMPLETE laptop with same processor/platform which in addition also includes all of these: 1) 4-6gb memory 2) 15.6" LCD FHD display 3) 6 cell 2800mAh Battery 4) 1Tb hard drive 5) Windows 10 Home license 6) Backlit keyboard with touchpad 7) Optical drive 8) 720p Webcam Care to guess the price for such [new] laptop from known brand? Is it $600? $500? Maybe even crazy low $400? Nope - https://www.amazon.com/Acer-E5-575-...8&qid=1500218563&sr=1-1&keywords=7100U+laptop Spoiler Freaking and Unbelievable - $350!!! Just Swap the slow HD to cheap (well under $100) ssd and you'd get perfect office machine. Now I understand economies of scale and all that, but it just hurts me (mentally) to know that items 1-8 [sum] MUST absolutely cost more than $70, even in any wholesale prices. This is just tells me the barebone has much larger profit margin. I'll be waiting till such barebones will be priced at $200 or below or wait for similar to current priced mini pcs , but which do include windows, memory and storage.