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post #11 of 17

APU #1:

APU #2:

I have built computers with both of these processors and they both play 1080P Video just fine.

That should help save $30 depending on the processor you choose. I would think that the A6-5400k would probably work as well, I just don't have real experience with it.
But the A10-5800k is cool because its basically an FX-4300 with a 7660D Graphics card squeezed in there.

The graphics in these processors are much better than in the intel i3 (HD 4000).



And the overall processor performance is better as well (assuming full load on all cores).

Intel Core i3-3220 @ 3.30GHz

AMD A8-5600K APU

AMD A10-5800K APU

(Benchmark #'s are bolded and were pulled from http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html)
Edited by BarberJeff - 5/15/13 at 9:49am
post #12 of 17
I just saw that you have a mini itx case with a 150 Watt PSU... So those APU's Probably won't work considering they pull 100W by themselves... You'd have to beef up your PSU.

Like with this:

So you'd end up spending the money you would've saved on APU's on a better case and PSU.
Edited by BarberJeff - 5/15/13 at 9:12am
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm also losing out on the on-board wireless which I will have to compensate for with a USB device that is certainly worse than those nice big antennae, in this case a big plus for this application. I hate to have a decision come down to something like that, but that may be the case here.

The only thing I think I need is a little validation that the original recipe (Post #8) won't be gasping for electrons. If so, that Silverstone is a nice recommendation.

ACK!!! The diff between the 3220 and the 3225 is HD 2500 vs HD 4000, respectively. Gotta fix that. I think that might tip my scales to consider the AMD more closely.
Edited by edgeofblade - 5/15/13 at 1:26pm
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post #14 of 17
If you need two internal PCIe ports then I would suggest this:



This is Micro Atx instead of Mini Itx. Its cheaper and more expandable, but bigger overall. The case has an included PSU 300W. That paired up with an A8-5600k should be perfect. And quite a bit cheaper.

With a bigger case I think you should probably consider a full sized HDD instead of a 2.5.


Also this way you can include a DVD player which I hadn't seen before.
Edited by BarberJeff - 5/16/13 at 6:46am
post #15 of 17
I thought I should give you some totals instead of just telling you that you'd save money.

Windows 8 $94.81
WD Blue 500 GB 3.5" Hard Drive $54.99
Hauppauge 1229 WinTV-HVR-2250 $94.99
AMD A8-5600K APU $89.99
Kingston Technology HyperX 4 GB Kit (2x2 GB Modules) $41.18
MSI FM2-A55M-E33 FM2 AMD A55 $42.99
APEX TM-524 Black Metal 300W PSU $42.99
StarTech.com PCI Express Wireless N Adapter $33.99

TOTAL: $495.93

So thats almost $100 better for faster graphics and processor, as well as a wireless card (which I hadn't seen on your lists before)

I'm currently using that wireless card and its been quite nice so far. (3 months)

Wireless Card Link:

Thats enough money saved to buy a blu ray player to stick in there.
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your input BarberJeff. I ended up ordering parts for an i3-3225 on a nice Intel-branded H77 board in a Silverstone micro-ATX case. In the end, after balancing everything and the options I was seeing in the motherboard market, I had to go with Intel over AMD. But have a Rep for all the research and assistance. You've been very helpful. Peace bro. :-)
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post #17 of 17
No problem, smile.gif Should definitely do the job.
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