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I can build either one for within a few bucks of each other. Just seeing if there are any opinions other than fanboy sides.
I am certain both would be the good enough for my needs, Live TV, full bluray rips down to 720p encodes, youtube and other online streaming services. No gaming, no overclocking.

The only thing I see is that the G3220 MAY be quieter since it is only 54w


Rest of specs will be..
AMD
CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($45.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($90.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.83 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec ISK 110 VESA Mini ITX Desktop Case w/90W Power Supply ($74.83 @ Amazon)
Total: $284.01

Intel
CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX LGA 1150 Motherboard ($71.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.83 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Antec ISK 110 VESA Mini ITX Desktop Case w/90W Power Supply ($74.83 @ Amazon)
Total: $289.59
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32GB is cutting it pretty tight if you are installing Win7. You also don't mention a storage drive in your build specs. Don't you need one to store movies, TV shows, etc? HTPC applications don't draw a lot of power (I use an i3 Ivy Bridge in two HTPCs and they barely draw 10W under load). I don't know much about AMD CPUs as I'm an Intel shareholder and only use their chips but it is my understanding that on chip graphics for this level of CPU may be better with AMD; others could probably advise you better here.
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Originally Posted by Alan G View Post

32GB is cutting it pretty tight if you are installing Win7. You also don't mention a storage drive in your build specs. Don't you need one to store movies, TV shows, etc? HTPC applications don't draw a lot of power (I use an i3 Ivy Bridge in two HTPCs and they barely draw 10W under load). I don't know much about AMD CPUs as I'm an Intel shareholder and only use their chips but it is my understanding that on chip graphics for this level of CPU may be better with AMD; others could probably advise you better here.
my guess is he already has a storage drive or plans to stream content from another computer/server.

i also advise a larger ssd though, 64gb is what i reccomend for windows 7 and all basic apps.
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tongue.gif if its within budget, maybe try to up the ssd, like others said.

Some of my experiences with HTPC ive used a i5 2500k, i3 2100, intel pentium g620 and a intel celeron 530, With the integrated graphics i never had an issue with them for watching movies , streaming and internet browsing. The power usage was very low, the cpus never got really hot either. My GF was using the pentium for a few weeks with a gtx 460 to play games, although not as many frames it played overall very well. biggrin.gif Last month i ended up moving back to a 2500k (w/ a gtx 470) for my HTPC but mostly because i started playing bioshock in the living room.
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With windows 7x86 I will have about 10gb left after installing everything including media-portal with databases.
I have an 18tb server in a rack in the basement.
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