Mainly discord and browsing. have over 100 servers. and browsing, usually 10 tabs at once (web 3, NFT stuffs, so sometimes heavy on graphics, though not to extreme requirements lol). don't game, but sometimes need to run LolBeans or smashkarts. sometimes.
the thing is, it doesn't make sense to get 8/512 on education pricing.
i just want something that WORKS lol without maintenance.. bought a nuc8 two years ago, regret not getting top end nuc11 back then. now with simply discord and browser open, my desktop slows to a crawl (hovers 60-80% cpu usage, ram 6-8gb typically). fan spins up to a very audible level, maybe 50db? once i open these two apps.