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I own a Western Digital Elements Play and it drives me insane. It doesn't support alot of codecs etc. and I experience 'judder' way too often. Therefore I'm going to build my own small mediaplayer pc kinda thing.

I can't decide to choose a good and cheap CPU for my setup, AMD's new Llano's or Intels SB (booth with integrated GPU!). The integrated GPU is important for this build, because I'd like not to use a 'seperate' GPU.

Feel free to give your opinion and advice what setup I should choose, booth micro ATX and mini ITX are welcome!
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I'd just build a cheap AMD dualcore build with a decent IGP. That should be able to do 1080p no problem.
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Could you give me specs of that setup?
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Sapphire IPC-AM3DD785G
Athlon II X2 245e/240e or 250e

...or you wait for the FM1 mini-itx boards to arrive.
I have my eyes on the A8-3800, but it's also not available yet.
Edited by osaft - 8/17/11 at 2:11pm
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I've been looking at the A3850 and I'm impressed by the performance of the IGP, but the performance of the CPU isn't.

If I'd raise my budget 100-200 bucks I could get an I3 2100 with a decent GPU. Whouldn't this be a wiser decision?
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I've been looking at the A3850 and I'm impressed by the performance of the IGP, but the performance of the CPU isn't.

If I'd raise my budget 100-200 bucks I could get an I3 2100 with a decent GPU. Whouldn't this be a wiser decision?
Well, if it just a media PC, I would say 1080p is 1080p no matter how you get it. I doubt you would notice any difference in audio or video no matter which CPU you get. My Athlon64 does 1080p fine.

The 2100 would certainly be a ton faster than any AMD X2 CPU but keep in mind you can get Athlon II x2 for something like $40
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OP, what is your actual budget?
    
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I'd say my budget is between 500 and 600 $ (max 500 euro).
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Llano is plenty fast enough, even on CPU terms, to do most anything that would conveniently done on a dedicated media PC.
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And if the rig whould be used for gaming?

Thing is that I'm considering to make it a mid-end (media and game) pc, for lan etc.
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