to point out some of the curiosity and convfusion...
there's this intel nuc available for around $300, with an i3-5010U cpu.
there's an alibaba for around the same price (it seems, hard to tell) with a i5 4258u cpu.
this site says the i5 chip is more powerful:http://cpuboss.com/c...-Intel-Core-i3-5010U
on both, it appears you have to add the ram and/or drives yourself, fine. the alibaba one is fanless, the intel one is not. so these are some of the factors. to me, i'm leaning towards alibaba...i mean, i'm very curious if their device can deliver a great performance htpc while silent.