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I'd personally go with the Fire TV over those other no name boxes because Amazon is a great company who usually offers great support. There is no point building an entire PC just for video playback when there are cheaper, smaller and lower power devices for a fraction of the cost.. AND THEY COME WITH A REMOTE MAN!!!

All of that is very true!

Do you think that the FireTV can utilize XBMC?
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According to what I found online, it can be done.

http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Amazon_Fire_TV

The device just came out, so I am sure in time, it'll get even better.
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Still think a AMD apu would be a better option

I do, too, actually. Just not familiar with AMD parts since my builds are all M-ITX and when I checked Newegg, cheapest FM2 M-ITX board was ~$100. Seriously barring Atom and Brazos/Zacate, any current entry-level x86 set-up from AMD and Intel should have no issues with FullHD content (as long as you're not dealing with 3D or upscaling with madVR Jinc3).

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If you don't need to deal with any esoteric file formats or requirements, by all means go for the Fire TV. Cheapest option even if you get a game controller with it.
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I do, too, actually. Just not familiar with AMD parts since my builds are all M-ITX and when I checked Newegg, cheapest FM2 M-ITX board was ~$100. Seriously barring Atom and Brazos/Zacate, any current entry-level x86 set-up from AMD and Intel should have no issues with FullHD content (as long as you're not dealing with 3D or upscaling with madVR Jinc3).

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If you don't need to deal with any esoteric file formats or requirements, by all means go for the Fire TV. Cheapest option even if you get a game controller with it.

The only thing that I am worried about running would be .mkv files. Do you think that will be alright?

Thanks!
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The only thing that I am worried about running would be .mkv files. Do you think that will be alright?

Thanks!

That depends. If you have Hi10p anime, I'd stick to x86.
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I just bought an AOpen MP965-D for my HTPC. Made sure it had 4GB of DDR2 SODIMM in there (it takes 2.5" hard drives), and I threw in a mini PCIe wireless card. Was good to go. Total build was under $100 off ebay and spare parts I already had laying around, and its only about a 50w system.

Make note, its based off older Core 2 Duo mobile setups. But it functions absolutely flawlessly for exactly what you had suggested you needed it for.
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I just bought an AOpen MP965-D for my HTPC. Made sure it had 4GB of DDR2 SODIMM in there (it takes 2.5" hard drives), and I threw in a mini PCIe wireless card. Was good to go. Total build was under $100 off ebay and spare parts I already had laying around, and its only about a 50w system.

Make note, its based off older Core 2 Duo mobile setups. But it functions absolutely flawlessly for exactly what you had suggested you needed it for.

If it's mobile, probably less than 50W. My desktop Clarkdale builds (iGPU) use at most ~30W idle and ~35-40W during media playback. Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge even less. That said, that Mobile Core 2 might be borderline for certain types of content. Even the lowly Celeron G1820 Haswell should be comparable in performance to a Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale.
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Alrighty. So, I put this together. Do you think this will be good enough for XBMC, 1080p, mvk, 3D video, and an NES emulator?

Kingston Value RAM 4GB 1600MHz PC3-12800 DDR3 Non-ECC CL11 DIMM SR x8 Desktop Memory (KVR16N11S8/4)

AMD A6-5400K APU 3.6Ghz Processor

Antec Minuet 350 MicroATX Slim Case Computer Case 350 Watt 80 PLUS Power Supply

Gigabyte FM2+ AMD A78 HDMI Dual-Link DVI D-Sub UEFI BIOS mATX DDR3 2133

I have a SSD and an optical drive, so I won't be needing those.

Thanks!
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Alrighty. So, I put this together. Do you think this will be good enough for XBMC, 1080p, mvk, 3D video, and an NES emulator?

AMD A6-5400K APU 3.6Ghz Processor

3D might be an issue. See this:
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1438867/looking-at-a-new-cheap-htpc-build-a4-3400-3d-playback-questions#post_22584680
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Thanks for the link!

That's alright. I mean, I don't really need 3D, just would be nice if I wanted to watch something. Besides 3D, is that a pretty good HTPC set-up?
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