I'm building a DVR replacement for my father-in-law. Trying not to go to overboard since all it needs to be able to do is record/watch up to 4 channels at once, stream videos, and play music. Having a hard time deciding between Intel Pentium/I3 and AMD A4/A6/A8. Will be hooked up to 1080p LCD TV. Budget is flexible and will end around $700 from what I have estimated.
Looking for some guidance on where the sweet spot is for perfomance vs price
Go with AMD. Real cores > hyperthreading when multitasking, and a much better iGPU. This is an old marketing video comparing Llano and Sandy Bridge but it gives you an idea http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqBk0uHrxII
This is almost exactly what I was thinking. One thing I have seen with the APU's is better performance with high speed ram, any reason to go faster than 1333 for dvr use? There will be no gaming done on the pc and I think that's what it was used for.
As for placement of the pc, it will be on the floor by the subwoofer since there is no room on the tv stand for a case like the ml03b. I've been looking at the Fractal Design core 1000. Any thoughts on this or something similar that is quieter?