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First HTPC build - Core i3-2100 or an AMD APU?

post #1 of 21
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Will be building an HTPC (will probably sell it, but I LOVE building PCs ever since I made my own gaming rig over a month ago) sometime next week.

I've picked all the parts including the CPU (2100). I'm quite interested in AMD's APU's, but just not sure if I should use one of those instead.

The HTPC will be strictly used for media playback, which a Core 2 Duo can handle, so both the 2100 and an APU can handle that. I don't plan on gaming, because for that, I can just plug in my MSI GT680 laptop or bring my gaming desktop over to the TV. An APU will also save a little bit of money.

So... 2100 or an APU of some sort?
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post #2 of 21
The 2100 will run cooler and should support everything that you need to do, although the AMD chip will be cheaper - I would say running quiet and cool would be more of a concern and would be willing to spend a couple more $$ for that.
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post #3 of 21
The AMD APU destroys the i3 in benches. It's the current BIOs that run the APU's too hard. Revisions in the future will change that.
post #4 of 21
+1 on the 2100 since your not gaming on it, $99 @ Microcenter.
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post #5 of 21
Either will work for HTPC,

From what I've seen, i3 2100 = stronger CPU but AMD A6/A8 = stronger integrated GPU.
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post #6 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jonowxeno;14384301 
Either will work for HTPC,

From what I've seen, i3 2100 = stronger CPU but AMD A6/A8 = stronger integrated GPU.

^ This.

I would begin looking at motherboards (on both sides) and see which one fits your criteria.
post #7 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by SimpleTech;14384343 
^ This.

I would begin looking at motherboards (on both sides) and see which one fits your criteria.

My thoughts exactly. Both chips will fit the bill perfectly. To be honest the 2100 may even be overkill for simple play back. Look at total system layout to determine the best for your experimentation. If it were me I'd grab the AMD. I just want to play with one to see how it performs smile.gif
post #8 of 21
Thread Starter 
Went with the 2100. I'm an Intel guy deep down smile.gif. Ordered everything last night. Will post more details whenever I can get onto a computer again. Been away for a while. Been relying on my phone.
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post #9 of 21
You don't even need a $100+ Core i3-2100 for simple media playback. Even a $65 Pentium G620 (or upcoming $50 Celeron G530) would work just as well. AMD needs to come out with the less expensive 65W TDP Llano models.
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post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by rui-no-onna;14423434 
AMD needs to come out with the less expensive 65W TDP Llano models.
Agreed! Power usage is a huge part when I build HTPC's.
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