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I have a Nettop with a dual core atom board, and think I'm going to upgrade to something with a bit more power (then take the Atom and make it into a home server likely).

I already have DDR2 ram (no i3 cores), dvd, 2 hds, 4350 vid, wireless in an Antec HTPC case

So, should I go with a:

G41 board with a E5400 Wolfdale 2.7GHz about $120
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a 785G board with a AMD 245 Regor 2.9GHz about $130
(and adds crossfire hybrid)

both are rated 65W CPU's
both boards tend to have about same level of stats
What's your thoughts?
 

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Do you have a Microcenter near you?

They have $50 off AMD motherboards with purchase of select CPUs.

The 785G is far superior to the G41 for a HTPC. It uses less power, is faster, and has better software support. The only issue is that the 785G limited to 2.1 digital audio out.
 

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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
Do you have a Microcenter near you?

They have $50 off AMD motherboards with purchase of select CPUs.

The 785G is far superior to the G41 for a HTPC. It uses less power, is faster, and has better software support. The only issue is that the 785G limited to 2.1 digital audio out.
I do have a MC near by, but I was going to use NewEgg b/c I have some cash in paypal.

I don't think the 2.1 audio will bother me, since right now we're just using HDMI audio out to our TV

So, it seems there there are two votes for the Regor AMD route.
Second question, is the OEM heatsink enough for the AMD in a HTPC?
 

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4350 + 785G = Hybrid CrossfireX = MOAR POWER. Or you could just use the 4200 on-board which is probably already hefty-powerful for what you need.
 
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