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Don't forget to put pics on the picture thread wink.gif. Have fun with the build!
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post #12 of 18
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Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

Intel HD Gaphics 2000 should be comparable to 5450/6450, so if you are not satisfied the next upgrade would be 5570/6570.

Here's a HD Graphics 3000 vs 6550D vs 6570: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4479/amd-a83850-an-htpc-perspective/3

Note that the HD Graphics 2000 is inferior to the 3000. Intel really should have a low-end CPU with a 3000 for HTPCs...
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Here's a HD Graphics 3000 vs 6550D vs 6570: http://www.anandtech.com/show/4479/amd-a83850-an-htpc-perspective/3
Note that the HD Graphics 2000 is inferior to the 3000. Intel really should have a low-end CPU with a 3000 for HTPCs...

If you buy Pentium or Celeron they only have Intel HD Graphics, which is even inferior to 2000 and 3000. They still can handle HD contents though. I guess the difference starts to show when you play something like RuneScape.
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post #14 of 18
The I3 2105 has HD3000 graphics.
I understand the 2100T in this case, still "T" processors are factory undervolted stock processors, seems wasteful to pay extra for.
Seems a better deal to undervolt a 2105.
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The I3 2105 has HD3000 graphics.
I understand the 2100T in this case, still "T" processors are factory undervolted stock processors, seems wasteful to pay extra for.
Seems a better deal to undervolt a 2105.

It was the same price for me to get the 2100T as the 2100. But your point sure still holds true for the 2105. I wonder if I should return the unopened 2100t and grab a 2105?

Edit: I'm thinking though... the 2100t should STILL be ok for me. I did like the idea of having a very low power CPU in the box. I won't be playing any games on this box... at all. Just movies/tv/music/streaming
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It was the same price for me to get the 2100T as the 2100. But your point sure still holds true for the 2105. I wonder if I should return the unopened 2100t and grab a 2105?

Really up to you.
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Really up to you.

Well I know that! wink.gif


I think I'm gonna keep what I got just because it's here and I wanna put it together. /impatience
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post #18 of 18
Sounds reasonable to me. There never is or was a perfect build, sale prices change a great deal. As do parts in hand. For HTPC the 2100T is a good choice, I just object to paying extra for it.

I collected some on sale 870 and 880 (and one 785) motherboards over the past year to take advantage of deep discounts on AMD processors. I've purchased some great CPU deals (including the microcenter 830 that went on sale on line by mistake. Tried to get Phenom II X4 under $80 more or less. So many temptations.

Looking back shoulda saved money and bought I3s on Black Friday. Still I bought the motherboards to learn, and enjoy any build I do. Done and working I Can Not Regret any of them.

Built a Biostar, a Gigabyte, an ASRock, Asus and MSI to do.
Edited by brasslad - 12/8/11 at 2:19pm
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