I am looking at getting a new PC to replace my P4 2.4 with 1gig ram . This will be my home PC used for internetting and office primarily. In addition to this, it will also serve as my HTPC, where I run my TV as as secondary monitor in 1080 (as well as hosting a DLNA). No gaming requirements, but if I could get your thoughts, maybe if a certain component was a poor choice etc.
I've looked around but I haven't gotten a straight answer on this though: With the onboard video, can I run dual-screens? Is the onboard video with the i3 good enough to run a full HD mkv in 1080 lag-free?
The GA H67MA D2H B3 does seem to support multiple monitors natively with the HDMI and DVI-D maxed out at 1920x1200 (it has FOUR total vga ports. insanity). That being said, the i3 2100 only has run-of-the-mill Intel HD 2000 graphics. The i3 2105 and the 2125 have HD 3000, which i think would run mkv 1080 better (i think their $20 extra).
I think you should downgrade your case a bit. $80 for a microAtx tower is a little pricey, especially for no psu. If you don't mind the size increase, then a good ATX mid tower for $50 should give you enough $$$$ for a cpu upgrade. also, Rosewill has both a MicroATX mini and a MicroATX mid tower from 35 to 40 w/ shipping.
you seem to be hooked on Intel. Right now the AMD FM1 socket/processor is the best you can buy for what you want.
Most of what I've read has lead me to Intel. Maybe out of ignorance...
What would thoughts be on something like:
CPU - AMD A8-3870 Black APU Quad Core Processor W/ Radeon 6550D HD GFX Socket FM1 3.0GHZ 4MB Retail Box
MOBO - ASUS F1A75-M mATX FM1 DDR3 AMD A75 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI USB3.0 SATA3 HDMI DVI GBLAN Motherboard
Would run a little cheaper... What about the future though? In a year or three, I could get an i7 for cheap, would AMD still make a FM1 chip? It seems as though the i3 2125 beats the AMD except for in the graphics end... I don't plan on gaming, just HD video playback....