Intel NUC D54250WYK3 Build and OC

Whilst obviously not an Ultrabook, Intels range of ‘Next Unit of Computing’ devices – NUC for short – have traditionally been heavily based around the traditional Ultrabook hardware components and are a great way of building a basic PC for use around the home.

As one of the few Intel HD 5000 equipped devices on the market we use the D54250WYK3 extensively for testing purposes and have put together the following video guides to help new NUC owners get started building their system, getting it set up with Windows, and even overclocking the HD 5000 graphics core to maximise performance.

Most of these guides also apply to the full range of Intel NUC product, including the D34010WYK3 and the latest NUC5i5RYH and NUC5i3RYK models.

First Impressions and Assembly

In this video we take a look at the physical layout of the Intel NUC D54250WYK3 and how to assemble the unit in to a complete working system by adding memory and an SSD.

Installing Windows from a USB stick

Obviously with no optical drive the simplest way to install Windows is from a USB stick. Furthermore to really get the fastest boot times out of the device you’ll want to ensure the system is starting up in UEFI boot mode.

To create such a device we use an excellent, free, tool called Rufus to take our Windows ISO image and turn it in to a UEFI bootable USB stick.

Improving cooling and overclocking

Its possible to boost the graphics performance of the D54250WYK3 by increasing the maximum power limits of the Core i5-4250U processor, allowing for greater performance. This also however leads to more heat, so as a first step we recommend applying a quality thermal paste such as Arctic Silver 5 to the processor.

With this done it you can then use the UEFI firmware or Intels XTU software to overclock the processors graphics core.

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