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The battle of sub $400 HTPC's (AMD Vs Intel)

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October 27, 2011 6:24:47 PM

*Note, I don't need a CD/DVD drive or wireless card


#1: AMD
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AMD A4-3400 2.7GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


ASRock A75M-ITX Mini ITX AMD Motherboard - $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


IN WIN BP655.200BL Black Computer Case - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...




Grand Total: $384.95

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#2: Intel

Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $56.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


ASRock H61M-VS Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $53.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...


IN WIN BK644.BN300TBL Black Computer Case - $66.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...





Grand Total: $342.95

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From what I understand, AMD has a bit more in the graphics area with fusion than the HD 2000 paired with the G530. Granted, Intel is a bit cheaper and I'm not sure if I need that much graphic power. I am mainly going to use this for streaming + watching ripped dvds. I don't think I will be playing any games on it... but then again it is always nice to have that capability. Both CPU's are a bit obscure and I haven't really found any easily comparable benchmarks, but from what I understand the G530 has a bit more computing power than the A4-3400 (I could be wrong with this).


What do y'all think about these builds, and which one would you choose?
October 27, 2011 9:03:55 PM

I'm going with amd. This can be closed.
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October 27, 2011 9:07:23 PM

I'd choose the AMD too.
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October 27, 2011 10:01:22 PM

Good choice. The Llano not only has better video, but it also has HDMI 1.4a and supports 3D blu-ray while the Celeron skimps out on that. Just in case you want to go 3D in the future...
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October 27, 2011 10:03:00 PM

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