I'm building a low profile computer based on HTPC parts, I'm torn between purchasing a motherboard with an onboard gt430 and running that with an i5 quad core, or getting an AMD apu system with the radeon 6550d. I know a gt430 card is better then the apu, however I was wondering how big the difference between the gt430 card and the gt430 onboard would be. If possible I would much rather have the APU because the APU and motherboard cost close to the same as just the intel board.
some TV decoders are pretty demanding on cpu load but any modern quadcore is going to handle two tuners simultaneously .
The APU is probably has lower power consumption , but unless you are also gaming you wont need the A8 3850
The A6 3650 would be my choice
The goal is to have something that can play games, I understand I won't be able to pack all the junk into it to call it a "gaming rig" because I have pretty much enough room for the motherboard.
essentially what I want to do is http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Nintendo-64-Console-HT... with enough performance on it that I could bring it to a LAN party as kind of a kicks-and-giggles thing, but still be able to play games. (I'm also aware there are going to be cooling issues and power issues, but I'm going to slay those giants after I shove as much crap in the little case as possible, even if I end up having to rig up something external that needs to be carried around)
nope, I already looked at that, essentially what I have to work with is 10.23" (260mm) X 7.48 (190mm) X2.87 (73mm) the 2.87in is the highest points near the edges it loses about an inch. These leaves room for a motherboard, a low profile fan, a hardrive, and some wiggle room for cables, which is why I can only do something on the motherboard.