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June 21, 2012 9:17:56 PM

I'm looking to build a new htpc and the case im looking to use is the nMEDIAPC Red Wood Wood/Steel HTPC 8000 ATX (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...), and I'm trying to figure out what cpu to use:

I already have a gaming desktop so the machine will only be used for media streaming, media playback, and youtube.

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While an AMD APU looks attractive, I do have a hd 6770 laying around so I could get a cpu with graphics but I would like to reduce the heat in the case since its made out of wood and I'm already going to have tv tuner card and a sound card installed too (don't want to get an ATX board to save on space).

Any suggestions?

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June 21, 2012 9:19:50 PM

Edit: i meant so i could get a cpu WITHOUT integrated graphics since I have the 6770, but again not going to be gaming much in the machine
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June 21, 2012 9:53:14 PM

Check your private messages ccregler.
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June 21, 2012 9:55:07 PM

I highly recommend the Phenom II X4 960T. I just used it in a recent HTPC build of my own. The 95W TDP is great for keeping things cool and the Zosma (Thuban) memory controllers on the chip are more robust than the Deneb controllers found on other PII X4s so it's even more stable and better for overclocking if you're interested in doing so. I was lucky enough to get a chip that unlocked two extra cores, making it a 6-core CPU for the price of a quad-core. Overall, it's the best value at this price range.

I actually get most of my parts on eBay since the prices are even lower, especially for "older generation" tech.
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June 22, 2012 1:36:10 AM

The only CPUs without integrated graphics are the Phenom II and FX CPUs. I recommend avoiding the FX series since they pretty much have high power consumption. That leaves you with the Phenom II series.

Heat is directly correlated to power consumption. The higher the power consumption, the greater the heat generated. The following charts shows power consumption at different states for Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs and AMD's FX and Phenom II series.







Source: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/amd-fx-812...

The Sandy Bridge CPUs consumes a little more power when idling (producing slightly more heat) compared to AMD's CPUs. However, once there is a load placed on the CPUs, the Sandy Bridge CPUs consumes less power than their AMD CPUs (and generates less heat).

The Ivy Bridge CPUs consumes less power than their Sandy Bridge counterparts (thus producing less heat). However,when OC'ed they do then to generate more heat than Sandy Bridge CPUs, but as long as they are not OC'ed this should not be the case. Unfortunately, only a single AMD FX-8150 is used as an AMD comparison.







Source: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/cpu/display/core-i7-37...

Despite having an integrated graphic core Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs tends to consume less power than their AMD counterparts, thus likely to generate less heat.
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June 23, 2012 12:10:36 AM

I've been looking at that G860, and with an h60 I have layin around that would a cool, efficient, quiet combo.
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June 23, 2012 12:10:47 AM

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