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April 9, 2012 4:50:47 PM

Spec'ing out a new HTPC build for a friend. Looking at a bunch of options, but keeping the price in his ballpark (<$400, not including OS and monitor) has proved a little challenging. I was looking into the AMD APU and they seem to fit very well for this purpose. I was wondering if I should restart using an AMD APU as the core of my build.

Usage: Movies, BluRay, Netflix, Streaming to Xbox

Any thoughts/comments are welcome.

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April 9, 2012 5:34:12 PM


Don't do it.


You might like it.


Good deals on Llano/FM1. Trinity/FM2 could be arriving June/July or so is probably part of the reason.


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April 9, 2012 5:36:54 PM

Sure why not?
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April 9, 2012 7:47:29 PM

Absolutely would do a Llano build for an HTPC, I disagree with wisecracker... Theres no logic to his suggestion, its an HTPC not a gaming desktop that you need to upgrade... *facepalm*

Make sure you get 1600mhz or 1866mhz RAM, since your RAM is your video memory, spend the extra couple bucks for the higher speed.
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April 9, 2012 7:55:15 PM

the on board graphics are great for blue ray. made an htpc for my gf with left of psu, dvd player, hdd. total cost of new parts was 280.
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April 9, 2012 10:50:37 PM

I have an APU for my HTPC and it works great.
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April 11, 2012 1:36:20 AM

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April 11, 2012 10:35:02 PM


Llano APUs and sFM1 motherboards are quickly coming down in price because Trinity/sFM2 will be here soon.

And for your uses you may be able to snag an SSD with a AMD E350 and stay in budget.

Like the ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU




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