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post #11 of 21
The i3 2100 destroys the APU in everything except games, so if you don't plan on gaming I would go with the 2100.
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post #12 of 21
Do what i did, get a 2500k and a 5770 for graphics. (I dont game on it at all)
    
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post #13 of 21
i personally would get the i3 (which is a supremely capable processor) and a dedicated low profile graphics card (like the gtx 440 or 520)

which will take the processing power off of the CPU.

you know, so that you can have a completely O.P. media PC. just in case you need the power/want to future proof.

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post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by iCrap;14431101 
Do what i did, get a 2500k and a 5770 for graphics. (I dont game on it at all)

For an HTPC? This is extremely overpowered for his needs.

OP, I would go with the AMD APU rig, mainly because you're getting a good integrated GPU and CPU in one for a great price.
    
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post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by rui-no-onna;14423434 
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.

No. The Celeron does not Bitstream Dolby Digital HD or DTS HD MA, nor does it support HDMI 1.4a for 3D playback.

For a HT PC the i3 is best.
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post #16 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by MMJA;14431079 
The i3 2100 destroys the APU in everything except games, so if you don't plan on gaming I would go with the 2100.

All the benchmarks I have seen the APU > Intel in media playback...but the intel wins in everything else.
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post #17 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skoobs;14431136 
i personally would get the i3 (which is a supremely capable processor) and a dedicated low profile graphics card (like the gtx 440 or 520)

which will take the processing power off of the CPU.

you know, so that you can have a completely O.P. media PC. just in case you need the power/want to future proof.

just IMO

No not for a HTPC if it's strictly for HTPC useage. the GPU core in the Sandy Bridge CPU/H chipset is best. HDMI 1.4a for 3D, Bitstreaming of HD codecs, Quick Sync for transcoding etc.
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post #18 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cyrilmak;14431485 
No. The Celeron does not Bitstream Dolby Digital HD or DTS HD MA, nor does it support HDMI 1.4a for 3D playback.

For a HT PC the i3 is best.
That might be true about the Celeron (source?) but the Pentium has HD audio bitstreaming. The only things the Pentium is missing are stereoscopic 3D (w/HDMI 1.4a), QuickSync and HyperThreading. Perhaps AVX instructions, too. The only reason to get an i3 is if you want stereoscopic 3D and/or QuickSync, or you can get it cheap from MicroCenter. Otherwise, the Pentium would work just as well at almost half the price.

The nice thing is if the integrated graphics on the Sandy Bridge parts aren't good enough, it's easy enough to add a discrete GPU to improve performance or add features as long as your case allows for it. With Llano, if the CPU portion isn't fast enough, you're kinda screwed until Trinity comes out (and even then, we don't know if Trinity will be socket or chipset compatible).
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So the parts arrived yesterday. Got everything put together. Everything's working fine, except for this stupid beeping (?) noise coming out of the motherboard (sounds like it could be coming from the CPU?). You can easily hear it in this video that I recorded: [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgoad3yAUTs[/ame]

It's not coming from a fan...

When the CPU is actually being used by something, it'll stop (prime95).

SO annoying! Can't figure out what it is or how to make it stop...
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FWIW I just did a build with an APU and an asrock board and it is working great. Super simple setup, everything just gets pumped out of the HDMI port.
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