While I really don't agree with much of what is said here, I do agree that the AMD product is cheaper ghz for ghz, but that is where I have to stop.
1. They APPEAR cheaper but in actuality they are not. A $39 Intel E1200 can easily clock up to 2.5ghz stock volts and 2.8-3.2ghz pushed harder. The $59 Intel E2200 can spank up to 3.4ghz. I would rather have either of these chips then a $57 AMD X2.
2. An idle Intel Celeron E1200 uses almost NOTHING for power, I doubt AMD is even close.
3. While I would say that AMD is better at making chipsets then VIA or SIS, I cannot agree that they make a better chipset then Intel.
Anyways, do not go with the Intel E1200 Celeron. It works ok for HD, but some HD rips that cannot be decoded by your hardware will have stuttering issues. My final HTPC build ended up on Intel E2200 CPU overclocked to 2.5ghz in an Antec Fusion case with Antec Earthwatts power supply. I also used the LG HDDVD+BluRay+DVDRW drive and it is awesome. Then I used 2GB of OCZ memory, a cheap motherboard that has GIG-E onboard (like $50 or so) and an ATI Radeon 3650 512MB HDMI video card on sale for $50.
That was at the end of last year when I finished up that build. The two that we built for my friends went as follows:
AMD Black Edition, 2GB RAM, XFX 8200 HDMI Motherboard, 9800 GT HybridSLI for gaming, Antec Earthwatts power supply, Coolermaster HTPC case. The advantage to this setup is quite HTPC with on the fly gaming support using the HybridSLI 9800GT. The disadvantages are higher overall price, and CRAP LOADS OF ISSUES getting Vista, drivers, audio, HDMI, hybrid SLI, RAID, etc. to work. The amount of trouble we went through getting these machines working 100% was UNBELIEVABLE. No help from XFX on either machine.Edited by LiquidKaos - 12/15/08 at 8:45am