HTPC BUILD - OPINION NEEDED

Hey,

So I'm trying to build a low end HTPC mainly for movies (1080p)/music/email etc... This is what I was thinking:

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD - GPU via HDMI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204030

AMD Sempron 140 Sargas 2.7GHz - would unlock the 2nd core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204030

nMEDIAPC Black Aluminum panel & Steel HTPC 1000B Micro ATX Media Center / HTPC Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204030

Rosewill RV300 300W ATX12V Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182001

Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134751

The only concern I have would be CPU- will it keep up w/ the stream or should I just get dual or quatro? Please advise of any suggestion or comments.

Thanks,
B
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  1. I would suggest going with the new AMD fusion range:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128468&Tpk=e350

    perfect for a cheap and effective HTPC. Uses 40w of power at load, silent as the grave, and capable of full HD playback and light gaming.
  2. welshmousepk said:
    I would suggest going with the new AMD fusion range:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128468&Tpk=e350

    perfect for a cheap and effective HTPC. Uses 40w of power at load, silent as the grave, and capable of full HD playback and light gaming.


    Interesting "all-in-one" but it looks like this would cost me slightly more about $40. Would it outperform current build?
  3. probably. I have yet to see any direct comparisons, but reviews have showed it to be surprisingly powerful. Light gaming on wow and CoD 4 at respectable frame rates as well as the requisite 1080p playback.

    I will actually be building a rig like this shortly. the whole rig consumes 41 watts under load, so it seems like a much more efficient media rig than my main gaming build.
  4. I think the E350 would definitely be worth it. In term of raw CPU power, the Sempron might be equal or slightly better (better for sure if you unlock the 2nd core), but unlocking the 2nd core will undoubtedly increase the power consumption (probably to the 65W of it's dual core Athlon II siblings), moreover this wattage will be for the CPU only, the GPU on the MB will require extra where the E350's 40W include both CPU and GPU.

    For the GPU itself, the ATI 6130 in the E350 is considered ~33% more powerful than the 4250 on the Biostar board, this could make HD playback a lot smoother and it supports DX11.

    With the Gigabyte board, you get USB 3.0, but with the less expensive Asrock board, you get eSATA, I don't know if you prefer one to the other.

    Finally, the SATA on the E350 boards are 6Gbps, not 3Gbps; this could be useful if you decide to get an SSD (which, ironically, might cost as much as the HTPC itself).
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