New and first HTPC Build

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=N82E16811163166

Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022

MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131623

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115221

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231134

Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136283

Internal Blu Ray Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181

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=N82E16813131672

Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886

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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  1. the AMD will do just as wll, but get this motherboard instead:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157199

    better onboard video, more modern chipset
  2. ScrewySqrl said:
    the AMD will do just as wll, but get this motherboard instead:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157199

    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.
  3. Ok, don't know why but I'm partial to ASUS boards so found this one with the newer onboard video. Is there a big difference between VIA and Realtek for onboard audio?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131673&Tpk=N82E16813131673
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. For your Intel build, check out this CPU/motherboard/HDD/RAM combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.548049
  7. I went the AMD route. Very pleased with the build and the case looks great...Thanks to those who responded.
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