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I was kind of thinking a Fx 6300 and a 7750 since I can get a free matx mobo at microcenter
since you would be using a discrete GPU, you'd be better off with a Core-i3 if you're going to spend that kind of money on the processor. It will be better at 'processing' than the 6300, and use less power doing it.
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since you would be using a discrete GPU, you'd be better off with a Core-i3 if you're going to spend that kind of money on the processor. It will be better at 'processing' than the 6300, and use less power doing it.

It also runs hotter, and I can get a free matx mobo at microcenter with any FX Chip.
   
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131398

this is the card i have in my htpc and it handles everything without any issues. We use it for an extra pc to play league on when we have 4 of us at the house. at 1080p
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post #14 of 21
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It also runs hotter, and I can get a free matx mobo at microcenter with any FX Chip.

The "Free mobos" from microcenter are pretty crappy though. Don't overclock at all, it's not worth it on those mobos. Just get a FX-4100 bundle then.
http://microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx

And a 7770 is much better than a 7750, it is only worth ~$10-$20 more
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post #15 of 21
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It also runs hotter, and I can get a free matx mobo at microcenter with any FX Chip.
Fair enough on the free board, but I can't see a 55w processor running hotter than a 95w unless you're doing something wrong...

Xbit Labs' review of the Ivy Bridge i3's demonstrates the platform using less than half the energy of the FX-6200 they compare it with at full load. At the same time the i3's meet or beat it in nearly every test, often by a great margin, with the exception of gaming using the integrated video, which you don't plan on using.
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No doubt that Core i3 processors from the new 3000 series will make the most energy-efficient systems. Their power consumption and therefore heat dissipation are significantly lower than by all other platforms, and their advantages over the systems with dual-core Sandy Bridge processors is between 10 and 20 W. This makes Core i3 with Ivy Bridge microarchitecture a perfect choice for compact and energy-efficient systems.

If you are referring to the heat problems people have had with overclocking Ivy Bridge processors, you're comparing apples to oranges....
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post #16 of 21
The 6670 is also a nice option if you don't want to step up to a 7750 (I don't believe the GT640 presents a good value even at its current prices). That said, at the ~$100 mark, you'd be best off sourcing a used 6870, though that will probably push your power profile out of the range you want and would be overkill for the system.
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post #17 of 21
Yeah, I would do the 3225 at Microcenter with $40 off a MB just like the AMD deals they have. Should be better with the discrete GPU and run cooler and use less power than the AMD setup. You won't be able to overclock it, but you really do not need to at that low resolution.
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post #18 of 21
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Yeah, I would do the 3225 at Microcenter with $40 off a MB just like the AMD deals they have. Should be better with the discrete GPU and run cooler and use less power than the AMD setup. You won't be able to overclock it, but you really do not need to at that low resolution.
+1, but get the 3220 if it's cheaper. Same as the 3225 but without the HD 4000 graphics.
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That makes a lot more sense guys, thanks.
   
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post #20 of 21
They don't offer the 3220 with $40 off the MB though, so for the $20 more you actually spend $20 less due to the $40 MB discount. If you do not have access to Microcenter then go with the 3220 and save the money.
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