Join Date: Dec 2010
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As we have seen the new Sandy Bridge version of the i3 processors will be released next month.
So the biggest question has to be: is it worth waiting for?
Are there really any significant feature(s) to be aware of, that would make it worth waiting for the new i3 or will the Clarkdale i3 be fully adequate to replace my AT&T-Uverse?
In my particular case, I'm just trying to recreate what we already have.
- I capture the live tv through my OTA $76 Antennacraft HBU44 (I'm 38 miles east of the big Los Angeles antennas on Mt. Wilson and get 90+ channels)
- I feed the signal to a dual tuner $99 Silicondust Homerun which puts the TV signal on my network through it's ethernet port.
- I will then run Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows Media Center to see a TV Guide and set up programs and favorite series shows to be recorded and timeshifted for later viewing.
- Finally my HTPC with a mini-ITX Gigabyte motherboard and an Intel i3 processor will handle the watching, recording and playback of of all this.
I'm ready to pull the trigger on the motherboard and the CPU but I can wait if there will be any real benefit, but if the difference is only nuance then I might as well go Clarkdale.
Maybe it is this brand new case staring at me that has me wondering at this point.