I am considering a PC to replace my 2012 Mac Mini, which is a file server (media and backups), and video encoder. My goal is to greatly improve on the video encoding times without drastically increasing the size or noise. What I need (requirements): Small Fast CPU (video encoding is extremely friendly to multi-threading, so lots of cores really helps) 8GB RAM Four USB 3.0 ports Internal storage of some kind for boot drive (M.2, 2.5", or 3.5") Gigabit Ethernet 1 video out port (HDMI, DP, or mDP) What I like (nice-to-haves, but not required): Two internal 2.5" bays like the 2012 Mini so that my two drives don't have to go external Built-in SD slot A $700 budget would be nice (there is wiggle room if something is much better) Quiet What I don't need: Powerful GPU (in fact this computer will be headless most of the time) A fast boot drive (I don't care how "peppy" the computer is loading the OS or apps) WiFi Bluetooth Storage (I will use existing drives) An OS (I will use existing Win 10 license) Right now I'm leaning toward Intel Skull Canyon because of its Quad Core i7. B&H has it for $520, leaving some budget left over for RAM and a small M.2 boot drive. But I am not too familiar with the PC world, so I'm looking for any suggestions that might better for my stated purpose and budget, or alternatively, simple validation that I've made the right choice.