For an HTPC build now I would definitely recommend a AMD Llano based build than a Intel based one! The reason being the IGP performance!
The built in GPU on the AMD is much better than the integrated graphics on the G620 from what I have heard.
- that is true!
What he is saying is explained more in detail in this Tom's Hardware article
, if you are so inclined please read it, you would see why a Llano based build is much more justified than an Intel based build especially when you are on a budget! This is the crux of that article -
So, what’s the final verdict? Llano has the potential to introduce impressive graphics-oriented value to the low/mid-range market; this APU easily outclasses Intel HD Graphics 3000. - says the author
Reasons for the Llano suggestion:
: Both those CPU's cost pretty much the same the A4 is slightly lesser, but for that you are getting much better bang for your buck, in an HTPC, as you are mainly looking for a glorified media player! If the G620 was at least $20 cheaper then yeah! But if you are spending the same or more amount of money then why not a better APU??
2) IGP Performance
: The integrated Radeon HD 6XXX series GPU fares much better than the HD 2000 or 3000 graphics, I'm and Intel fan when in comes to CPU power and an AMD fan when it comes to anything graphics, because its just common sense, an APU build with a single purpose of having better IGP (50% of Llano transistors are allocated to the GPU) would indeed have a BETTER IGP
; than a CPU which is built to be powerful in other areas and vice-versa.
That IGP performance is what you want in an HTPC, unless you are planning one some serious gaming with this system! I just build mine with the A6, now that is a 100W processor, you don't need that the 65W A4 linked above is more than enough and less power hungry, the graphics on these machines are awesome, it is by no means a powerful system, like a Core-i7 , i5 or even an i3, but that is all you need for an HTPC, unless this is going to be an all purpose computer which doubles up as an HTPC!
But to answer your question:
What are your thoughts on this build?
- I think the Llano platform is a better choice!
Do you think it will be able to handle what I will be using it for?
- Absolutely, an Intel Atom based system would also be able to handle most of it, and would be cheaper too. The point is if you plan to spend close to $70 on a CPU alone, then I would spend that on the Llano for the better graphics it provides!Edited by Dad2David - 11/29/11 at 1:43pm