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I need help picking out a CPU for two HTPC's I will be building which will replace my cable boxes. Currently my rig is pulling double duty since I purchased my HDHomeRun Prime. I have given Window Media Center a trial run and I personally enjoy it. Back to my dilemma I am stumped when it comes to choosing a cpu. My mind is set on purchasing a AMD Trinity APU, just not sure if I should buy an A4 or a higher end model. I will be using Windows Media Center to view cable, I view Netflix often, I have XBMC integrated with WMC. I will use one HTPC to network with the other. I wont use my builds to play games at all. Opinions?
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the A4 should do fine, unless you plan on doing a lot of handbraking, then moving up to an A6/8 might be better. for HTPC builds I like to attempt to maximize efficiency / minimize power consumption & noise.
 
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I don't plan on doing handbraking on the htpc. I would just just handbrake on my main rig and transfer the file. I don't want to have to use the htpc for anything but watching tv, movies and that's about it. Would adding a Blu-Ray drive require a bump up from A4 to A6 or A8?
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Unlikely - pretty sure that'll get farmed out to your GPU.
 
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I don't plan on doing handbraking on the htpc. I would just just handbrake on my main rig and transfer the file. I don't want to have to use the htpc for anything but watching tv, movies and that's about it. Would adding a Blu-Ray drive require a bump up from A4 to A6 or A8?

I have no personal experience with AMD Ax computers ... I have built a couple of systems but for other people and never anything more than installing OS/Drivers. The AMD site seems to suggest that an A8 is what you would need for Bluray & 3D media playback. I can't say whether this is just sales pitch and that A4/A6 would suffice or not.

Unfortunately I couldnt find any reliable reviews/benchmarks of the A4 trinity unit, but the graphics jump from HD 7480D -> HD 7540D when changing from A4->A6 trinity. The price difference between the two SKU's is only $10 on newegg so I would be inclined to get at least an A6 if not A8 (another $30 again ... ouch) if your budget can stretch that far.

sources:
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/processors/a-series/Pages/a-series-pib.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_AMD_Fusion_microprocessors#.22Trinity.22_.2832_nm.29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113283
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113282&Tpk=AMD%20A6-5400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113288&Tpk=AMD%20A8-5500

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Then yes, allow me to revise my suggestion to the A8. I hadn't checked quite carefully enough.
 
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