1st. Any opinion on memory...Im looking at 4Gb...2x2 or 4gb stick...What speed can I go for.
2nd. Is the SSD and HDD an option that I can go with, or do I have to put up with just the HDD.
3rd. Is this barebones worth it or are there any other option i.e. different barebones or build myself.
I have put together a few PCs before so the self built "should" be no problem... but you never know.
Im looking at a budget of around 230 euro ($287) for the barebones. 75 euro ($93) for the SSD and around 20 to 30 euro ($25-$37) for the ram depending on configuration online here in Spain. So approx 335 euro ($418). Good deal...Any better options.
Sorry...Never said that did I.
I hope to use it as an XBMC player.
I want to use it to download using Sabnzbd and Usenet.
I am hoping to use this PC to Stream my media around my house to several Apple TVs, Xbox 360 and PS3.. but not all on at once. Wireless is not needed.
This PC will hopefully be on 24/7.
Is it worth it with all the bits and pieces that come with it or is it still better going the self build..
Also I thought the i3 was the way to go for self builds..Is the AMD APU A6-3670K better than the Intel Atom™ D525 thats in the Asus Barebones??? Sorry if that seems like a stupid question but the ammount of processors at the moment is starting to get confusing especially as some processors come with inbuild graphics.
The i3 (35W version) has better power consumption over all, and of course it is a stronger processor. The AMD Llano has better graphics... but perhaps you don't care so much about those.
So it would depend on cost. Getting a full mini-ITX system is going to give you more features than one of those micro atom boxes, and since the cost is the same it seems to me the best choice.
The Lano or Sandy Bridge options are going to give the system more flexibility, better multi-tasking. You are much more likely to download, stream, and play movies at the same time with the stronger processors.