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Home theater build, need help picking between AMD and intel

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April 21, 2009 5:27:15 PM

im building a pc for my tv and i dont know which one have a better integrated graphic

amd build

AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor
BIOSTAR TA790GX XE AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

intel build
Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
Foxconn G45M-S LGA 775 Intel G45 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

other parts
OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Rosewill R379-SM Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case PSU ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
my own cd rom

my budget is around 400$
will only be watch 1080 hd movies on it and sometimes when friends come over play some low ended games like warcraft 3 ft

the price is about the same, which build will do the job better?
April 21, 2009 5:47:25 PM

The 790GX board is a much better choice than the G45 for a HTPC.
April 21, 2009 5:52:45 PM

If you plan on using the onboard gpu, then the 790GX is a much better choice. And, paired with a fast dual core will make for a very nice HTPC.

Good luck!
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April 21, 2009 6:11:51 PM

I agree with those above but I think you should be looking at a different CPU. The black edition processors are nice if your going to overclock but what you want for a HTPC is something that's not going to create a lot of heat. Most of the encoding/decoding duties are handled be the GPU so you don't really need a ultra fast CPU. I might suggest something like the X2 5050e with it's Thermal rating of 45w and 2.6GHz speed.
April 21, 2009 6:44:32 PM

^+1 and get a western digital hard drive instead of a samsung one.

speaking of which, who wants a 2TB caviar black with 128mb cache?
April 21, 2009 6:48:09 PM


can you post a link?
April 21, 2009 7:09:43 PM

Ohh I was wondering if there was some sort of new press release on a new WDC Black coming out.

Sorry didn't catch the joke lol my bad
April 21, 2009 7:25:09 PM

it's ok, and I don't blame you for wanting it, I mean it would get like 170MB/s read/write rates if it only had three platters.
April 21, 2009 9:59:37 PM

Gimme one :D 
April 21, 2009 10:01:39 PM

To the OP:
I would just go with a micro 780g board instead of the 790gx and save a ton of cash. the 790gx is meant for gamers, not HTPC's. The 780g has almost as good integrated graphics and is much cheaper, and it means you can build in a SFF case as well, I think there is only like 2 790gx boards in a mATX FF. I mean unless you think you actually need 7 expansion slots for your HTPC...
April 22, 2009 4:45:19 AM

xthekidx is right. I'm not sure if it was toms hardware that did the review but the 780g paired with a bottom sucking sempron was able to decode blu-ray just fine. Also i've seen a few nice low profile 9500gt and 9800gt if money wasn't to big of a concern...just in case you wanted to game in your home theater.
April 22, 2009 9:31:10 AM

I happen to built SFFs/HTPCs on the side so why get the best of both worlds - 790GX and mATX :p 

April 22, 2009 6:35:47 PM


I am pricing out a similar build myself. I like the 790gx. As others have said, go with a low power CPU. My build is almost identical to batuchka's above. I am going to go with the same mobo/CPU combo, hdd, and PSU.

As some have said, you can also save some money with the 780g chipset. I considered 780g as well, but I want the ability to set up a raid 5 array. However, if you are not interested in raid 5, there isn't really a good reason to go with the 790gx over the 780g.