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December 19, 2010 9:25:31 PM

Okay, I've been racking my brain on which way to go with a new HTPC. I want to be able to stream HD from Netflix and also view media from my NAS on my wired home network. I've built an intel and an AMD version using newegg's wishlist feature, which is pretty handy by the way, and cannot decide which will be better. AMD is cheaper but cheaper is not always better and I don't want to have regrets after building because I chose to save 50 bucks by going the AMD route. Can anyone who has built recently please weigh in and share your thoughts with me?

This is my current proposed Intel based system (subtotal $559.93):

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Internal Blu Ray Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is my current proposed AMD based system (subtotal $504.94):


All components the same but the board and processor.

MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So by going to the AMD option, I'll pocket approximately $54.99 before tax and shipping.

So #1 - is the INTEL system worth $55 more for what I want it to do or is the AMD fully capable of same so that I may save some bucks? And #2 - will this stuff all play together nice?

Looking forward to hearing from the community. Thank you for your time.






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December 19, 2010 10:52:26 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
the AMD will do just as wll, but get this motherboard instead:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

better onboard video, more modern chipset



I love it except for no HDMI?? Was really hoping to use that from the PC to the TV and be done with it..nice and clean.
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December 20, 2010 12:10:08 AM

No real difrence bewteen them for onboard sound.

And also, Ive been very statsifed with Asus boards. My old rig was built around a X 48 Fourmalla before it got ripped out and listed on EBay.
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December 20, 2010 12:55:04 AM

ce_lloyd said:
I love it except for no HDMI?? Was really hoping to use that from the PC to the TV and be done with it..nice and clean.


You're right. It doesn't :( 


Some other 880s in your price range do have it, but the lowest priced one I'd trust is the ASRock 880GXH or MSI 880GM board for $75. Jetway, Foxconn, and Biostar have poor reputations
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December 27, 2010 2:09:48 AM

I went the AMD route. Very pleased with the build and the case looks great...Thanks to those who responded.
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