Assemble an Intel NUC NUC5i3RYH

This tutorial covers a build together of an Intel NUC NUC5i3RYH.

Intel NUC Package

The NUC5i3RYH is from Intel’s latest generation and includes an Intel I3-5010U Dual Core Processor from the 5th generation with 2.1 GHz 3MB Cache and 15W TDP. The package includes also the Intel NUC chassis with Intel Wireless AC-7265, a VESA mounting hardware and a power adapter with multi-country plugs.


Intel NUC Open Box

Box Content

What’s not included?

On top, you have to by DDR3L-1600 (1.35V) SO-DIMM RAM (Intel NUC board covers two slots) and a 2.5″ SATA HDD/SSD (9.5mm max) or a M.2 SSD. There is also no operating system included. We are going to install a Ubuntu Server system on the NUC in another post.

I used a 256 GB SanDisk SSD and a 8 GB Crucial DIMM Bar.



Ok. Let’s start with the installation 🙂

First step is to loosen the four screws in each corner. Be careful when you open the cover! The SSD cable and power cable are connected from the cover to the mainboard.


After disconnecting the two cables from the mainboard, put the cover to the side.


Next step is the installation of the RAM. I used one 8 GB bar from Crucial. If you use like me one bar plug it into the lower clip. Be careful, the bar has two sides, have a look to the notch.

RAM installation

Push the bar downwards until you hear a click.

RAM installation 2

After you finished the RAM installation, we can go to the SSD installation. The NUC provides with the cover a slot in mechanism for the 2.5″ SSD. Be careful with the connecter in the slot.

SSD installation


Push the SSD into the slot.

SSD Installation 2


Ok. After this, reconnect the power cable and the SSD cable with the mainboard.

ReconnectLast step is to screw the four bolts.

Bolt screws


You finished the installation of your new Intel NUC. 🙂 Have fun with your new toy.



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