With the new parts aimed at the HTPC market from Intel and ATi I'm rethinking what I'm going to put in my HTPC. I want to playback Blu-ray at 1080p with Dolby TrueHD, HD podcast like Revision 3's stuff and record HDTV.
I'm trying to work out if I should go with a Core i3 and IGP which will consume less power but have less performance, or go with a AMD CPU and the new 5670 which will give better 3D performance but suck down more power. The cost is almost the same with both builds.
I'm hesitant to go with the 5670 because or extra power draw and I'm not as familiar with AMD's CPU/chipset lineup.
5670s don't use that much power, it doesn't even need a power connector. It would add 60w at most to the total system power usage at load. So if you are going to decide against a 5670 I hope it ends up being for a different reason.