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So... some background. I have a G540 htpc with a HD1000 intergrated and I have yet to have any problem playing any 1080p videos on my 60" TV.
I'm currently debating a G2120 which has a HD2500 i believe or a A6-6400k. Here's what I don't understand, I see alot of praises about APUs but what does it do more than the intel chips I'm thinking of? The rig will ONLY be used for playing HD videos/semi nas/some website surfing. Please educate me.

a little more background, I rather have low TDP, not so sure about AMD motherboards, rig will be 24/7. Budget for cpu/mobo is around $200. Thanks!
post #2 of 5
The intel chip is 55w and the amd chip is 65w. That represents at max load. Since a 24/7 pc is mostly near idle the difference between the 2 chips will be negligible.

Admittedly Im a bit of an amd apu fan, I currently use one in my main rig. However, if you are happy with your current intel build, and the intel chip you are looking at is more powerful, then I cant really see a practical difference between the two. The amd chip will have a much more powerful graphics processor which has some value, but again, since you are happy with your current setup, either chip will be fine for your needs.

I would say get whatever works out to be cheaper for you. Can you re-use your current RAM with the new intel cpu? If so then go with that. If you need a new cpu/mobo/ram get whichever has the best deal.
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when it comes to the integrated graphics, APUs are far more performant than intel's IGP. But that's raw power that is measurable only in gaming or in apps that uses graphics processing. For the everyday tasks of playing hd video, there are no better one, both just do it. So imo, the best is the cheapest.
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thanks guys, I went with the intel and mobo combo, they were around the same price but the reviews for the AMD motherboards are a little too risky for me for a 24/7 build.
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good,
glad you got the answer you needed smile.gif
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