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March 11, 2012 4:45:34 AM

What is a good processor for home media server use, I am considering the following:

Pentium G620
i3-2100
i3-2100T

I will pair the processor with a GT-430 video card that I have laying around.

I want to be kind to the environment and select as low-power solution as possible, while maintaining performance. Does the 2100T's lower clock speed hinder its ability for HTPC use compared with the 2100's 3.1GHz?


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March 11, 2012 5:08:59 AM

A lower power solution with better graphics would be the AMD A series APU's
since you dont need to also power a graphics card
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March 11, 2012 5:34:07 AM

Well, I've got nothing against the APU's but I wanted to make use of my existing GT-430, which I think is on par with, or maybe a little less than the graphics in the APU.
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March 11, 2012 5:58:01 AM

ebalong said:
What is a good processor for home media server use, I am considering the following:

Pentium G620
i3-2100
i3-2100T

I will pair the processor with a GT-430 video card that I have laying around.

I want to be kind to the environment and select as low-power solution as possible, while maintaining performance. Does the 2100T's lower clock speed hinder its ability for HTPC use compared with the 2100's 3.1GHz?


Regards.


At Newegg, currently the best deals for the money are the Pentium G850 and the i3 2120 which has $15 off till tomorrow which in turn makes it cheaper (while being faster) than the 2100.

The 2100T at only 35 watts is very ecofriendly. For home media server use, it should do fine (if you use the machine only as a media server, it won't use much CPU) Only thing I don't like about it is that it is kind of expensive when compared to the 2120. Any one of the CPUs you picked will work, you just have to decide if being ecofriendly is important enough to you to spend the extra money.

For a home media server, personally, I'd pick the Pentium G850 and use the integrated graphics. That's an inexpensive, simple and capable solution (for how it is used) that costs $40 less than the 2100 and $50 less than the 2100T.

HTH


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March 11, 2012 9:05:29 AM

The G620 is fine.
Your graphics card ranks better than intel's HD3000 IGPU (found in the 2105/2125's) so I wouldn't use integrated graphics.
I'd also buy the 620 here if possible:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
That's a pretty good price. Good luck in your build. :) 
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March 11, 2012 9:20:23 AM

Since you have a GT430, get a G620/630.
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March 11, 2012 3:45:47 PM

Thanks for the responses. I think I will go the G620 route as I happen to live near a Micro Center ($50 for a Sandy Bridge dual core seems like a good deal), and reuse my GT 430, which, I noticed was actually ranked higher than the 6550D in AMD's top APU.
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March 11, 2012 3:55:13 PM

Best answer selected by ebalong.
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March 11, 2012 4:12:01 PM

Good call. :) 
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