I'm looking for opinions on whether to purchase an AMD A8 Llano Socket FM1 Or Socket AM3+ CPU and motherboard for my HTPC.
My PC developed an issue months ago, where it freezes when either: Rebooting, resuming from sleep or hibernation, or simply being turned on after being off for several hours. I have to leave it running 24/7, otherwise it's a PITA to boot it successfully.
After months of troubleshooting, I (along with ZT systems, the builder) have come to the conclusion there is a problem with either the MB or the CPU. I have been advised that I should replace both, since if I were to replace only one I could guess wrong and still have the problem. Also, I am un-able to find a MB with a socket for my AM2+ CPU anyway.
I used to always build my PC's myself, but I decided to buy this one since it was such a good deal (or so I thought. Two years and already I have to replace parts. All my home builds lasted far longer!).
Anyway, It has been 3 or 4 years since I last built one, and I am no longer familiar with current CPU's and motherboards. I plan to stick with AMD since I have more experience with them and money is always an issue.
My PC has a Phenom II X4 945 3Ghz CPU (quad core). The MB is an ASUS with an AM2+ socket.
The AM2+ form has been replaced by the AM3+, but I see there is something called the AMD A8 Llano Socket FM1
CPU that AMD is currently pushing.
Reviews for the A8 on Newegg are mostly very favorable, and overall the price of Socket FM1 CPU's and MB's is significantly lower than AM3+ one's.
This make me wonder if these new CPU's are actually "better" than the older, and generally costlier AM3+ CPU's.
Either way, I'll have to toss my 8 gigs of DDR2 RAM, as either form factor uses DDR3.
I use my PC for every day computing, video editing, and it's also my Windows 7 Media Center PVR. I also have an HDHR Prime for my tuner.
My main concern is stability and reliability, since I depend on it to record all my shows. If it uses less power, that would be a bonus (however, being able to hibernate again will save a LOT of electricity!).
I do NOT use it for games, so I don't care about that. I am aware that the FM1's have discrete graphics, but this rig had issues with the 29/59 bug when using an ATI card, so I'm not planning to use that capability.
A related question: Does anyone have experience with ASRock motherboards? The last time I built a PC I don't think this brand was around, I've never heard of them. Are they any good?