I'm fairly certain the xbox remote will work. I don't have one myself but I've seen a number of posts here from people using them. That being said, read through some of the conversations about it because there may be compatibility issues with certain features, like power on. Again, not entirely sure, so please check.
Regarding the common storage configurations, that comes from the fact that mSATA drives tend to be smaller/more expensive than 2.5" platter drives. So bulk storage goes on the 2.5" drive, while the mSATA gives the SSD speed advantages for loading the OS.
As for the memory, your plan is sound but here are a couple of things to consider: You get a performance boost if you use a pair of matching SODIMMS rather than a single SODIMM. So if you use a single 16GB stick you'll be fine, but you'll see slightly better performance with 2 8GB sticks. Also, if you're planning to add a second stick later (to a newer NUC) you may want to rethink that. There's a good chance the memory you buy now won't be available when you're ready to upgrade, and it's always possible when you upgrade the NUC may use a newer (and incompatible) type of memory. For example some people assumed when they went from the Ivy Bridge NUCs to the Haswell NUCs that they could reuse their old memory, but the Haswell NUCs only use 1.35v memory, while the Ivy Bridge models used either 1.5v or 1.35v memory. So some people ended up with memory they couldn't move over.
I hope this helps.
Thanks for your reply. You definitely have helped here. I was unaware that people were having those problems when switching from Ivy Bridge NUC's, I may just have to get 2x8Gb also. Quite curious how 2x8Gb is slightly faster than 1x16Gb. I may rethink the storage situation as well, bite the bullet and buy an mSATA now and much larger 2.5" SSD later (I checked prices just now and I think it would be cheaper this way).
I searched the forums but have only found comments on the use of the xbox 360 media remote and not the actual game controller. Does anyone have any info on this or can redirect me somewhere that does? I am also wondering about the noise level of the NUC when under heavy tasks?
I am already rethinking how I will build my NUC. Thanks Jason :-)
You get better performance from 2 sticks because that allows the memory to run in dual channel mode. There's an in-depth explanation here: Everything You Need to Know About the Dual-, Triple-, and Quad-Channel Memory Architectures | Hardware Secrets
Opinions vary on how much of a performance improvement it is, but I can tell you from experience it does make a difference. The compatibility issue isn't limited to NUCs, it's actually fairly common. It can happen when minimum memory speed requirements aren't met, or when the whole technology switches. I've run into it on desktops before too. I'd start planning to replace my motherboard, only to realize I'd need new memory to go with it. It's actually less of an issue with the NUCs but the possibility is still there.
I'll leave the controller question to others who actually have them (don't want to make assumptions).