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I was looking to do HTPC mostly just to play movies and shows instead of having my space heating sig rig on at all times. I can't really watch movies at night after a few hours of gaming, as my room heats up like something that's really hot.

My real question is, I would like to be both a HTPC of sorts, but not exactly. I don't mind having to use a keyboard and mouse to navigate, so I almost want a cheap, low power secondary PC, so I can also play some games with the 360 controller on the TV.

My question is, what would be better for this? Waiting for Llano, or grabbing a Phenom II X2 560 and mobo combo from Microcenter, tossing on some cheap CAS9 RAM, and some other budget parts, or getting one of those mini-ITX style boards. Both would have me getting a dedicated GPU, but I'm torn between power consumption and power.
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I would say llano if you think the games you will play would play on a 6550 gpu.
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Wait for Llano. Even if the integrated graphics doesn't deliver enough performance for you, it would still probably have lower power consumption than current options. Heck, quad-core Llano has a TDP of 65W and that's including the HD 5570 level GPU.

Even if you decide not to buy Llano, AMD might cut prices on older processors when Llano/Bulldozer gets released. Then again, those MicroCenter combo deals are already really cheap.
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