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I had a bad experience with an E350 in a rig I built for my mom. That thing sucked some serious ballz. Trying to multitask lead to solid freezes that would clear up after a 10-20 seconds. Also had the occasional BSOD on boot. Performance for day-to-day task was no better than the D525 (non-Ion) system I built for my sister. Google searches showed I wasn't the only one with these problems.
I'm just scared to try AMD again. Though that setup is pretty tempting. Keep in mind the linked system in the OP has Ion onboard. There will be no issues streaming video.
That JMicron SSD is pretty scary too...

If the e-350 give you a headache the atom will give you an aneurism.
Even with ion the e-350 kicks the ***** out of the atom.
post #12 of 14
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How would power consumption compare?
I actually returned that E350 for a SB Celeron that was like $45 and the performance is awesome for day-to-day computer use, really great for the money. However, power consumption is a big deal. What would that system pull compared to an Atom/Ion?

Even though the Sandy Bridge Pentium has a 65W TDP, real world usage is very low,

This site says 18W during 1080p playback (Slide near bottom) : http://hardware-review24.com/load/cpu/intel_pentium_g850_pentium_g840_and_pentium_g620_review/1-1-0-60

I don't have the pentium but my i3 2100, 8GB RAM, 1 SSD, 1 HDD, 2 Fans runs around 32W during playback. That's not much power draw for a system and is much more powerful than the atom.

Are you more concerned with cost or power draw? Can even go for the i3 2100t, 35W TDP.
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^this^ i think the 65 watts is just to scare us into buying an i3 2100t. However, if your going to the $80 range the amd a6 wins. theres even a lower clocked 3core a6 with a 65watt tdp, much less cpu then intel pentium but much more gpu
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by "hardware limited" i mean most of those Roku/Boxee boxes can't surf the internet, ect or they make you pay extra. For example, the "entry level" Roku can't browse the internet, or grab a file off the network, or watch youtube. They barely have the power to decompress 720p video.

Roku/Boxee are nice for a senior citizen or my mom (lol) where less features = better. For someone who is competent with technology, there is better ways to spend your money.
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