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post #11 of 17
Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157357

APU #1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

APU #2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113281

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).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ud893Ehcwjw

http://hothardware.com/Reviews/AMD-A10-and-A8-Virgo-APU-Experience-and-Gaming/?page=4

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

Intel Core i3-3220 @ 3.30GHz
4,223
$119.99

AMD A8-5600K APU
4,458
$89.99

AMD A10-5800K APU
4,701
$127.9

(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:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163207

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.
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post #14 of 17
If you need two internal PCIe ports then I would suggest this:

Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130661

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154107

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.

HDD:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236080

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:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833114085

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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No problem, smile.gif Should definitely do the job.
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