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Okay, so I was given an Intel DH77DF board by a relative who cancelled his build plans. I want to use it for a low power dedicated HTPC system.

Knowing that i3 versions of SB will not come until Q3, should I get one of the new i5s due to launch this month? Or should I get a cheap SB to use until Q3?

The least attractive option - to not build now and wait for Q3 - well, patience is overrated.

Which IB out of the ones launching soon is the best choice for my ITX build? 65W or lower TDP is a requirement.

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Okay, so I was given an Intel DH77DF board by a relative who cancelled his build plans. I want to use it for a low power dedicated HTPC system.

Knowing that i3 versions of SB will not come until Q3, should I get one of the new i5s due to launch this month? Or should I get a cheap SB to use until Q3?

The least attractive option - to not build now and wait for Q3 - well, patience is overrated.

Which IB out of the ones launching soon is the best choice for my ITX build? 65W or lower TDP is a requirement.

Thanks

Do you absolutely need 3D? If not get a Celeron for $40-$50 in the interim until the i3 Ivys come out.
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The Core i5-3570T is a 45W unit launching soon. Its still plenty fast and probably a bit too expensive for a pure HTPC, though. The 65W variant (3570S) supposedly costs the same, so if 65W is OK for you, thats the better option.

Next up is the release window in June, which will have more i5s, including a 35W variant. Still nothing comparable to the i3s or Pentiums in price, though.

Basically, it comes down to how much you want to pay, and how good your patience is.
Since i'm rather impatient with such things, i would get a IVB from the first batch due later this month. In fact, i will!
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Do you absolutely need 3D? If not get a Celeron for $40-$50 in the interim until the i3 Ivys come out.

Maybe not... can always use the PS3 to play my 2-movie 3D collection until fall.

Is that all I lose compared to a current-model i3?
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Ivy bridge might come with some nice improvements for video playback
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Next up is the release window in June, which will have more i5s, including a 35W variant. Still nothing comparable to the i3s or Pentiums in price, though.

The 3470T isn't due until June? Man this is getting hard to wait much longer.
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The i3s and Pentium Ivys were reported to be release on "Holiday" 2012 which likely means December 2012.
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get the i5 ivybridge.

look for a model with intel hd 4000 graphics.

get high frequency ram.

If power is a problem, undervolt and underclock.
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The i3s and Pentium Ivys were reported to be release on "Holiday" 2012 which likely means December 2012.

patience getting thinner by the minute... guess I will go for a SB Pentium as a stopgap until Dec... by which time there will be new boards for the next gen CPUs to be released in Dec 2013...

A G630T maybe?
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get the i5 ivybridge.

look for a model with intel hd 4000 graphics.

get high frequency ram.

If power is a problem, undervolt and underclock.

So that would be the 3570K. Cheapest HD4000 model. 77W should be okay for me as I need active cooling anyway. Guess underclocking/undervolting ability will depend on the motherboard?
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i don't think so.

You can simply limit the maximum clock speed through windows through the power saving section of the control panel afaik.
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So that would be the 3570K. Cheapest HD4000 model. 77W should be okay for me as I need active cooling anyway. Guess underclocking/undervolting ability will depend on the motherboard?

I'm looking forward to the i5-3475S in June. 65w, 3.6 GHz turbo frequency and HD 4000. Thinking of putting one on an Intel DH77DF motheboard in an Antec ISK 300-150 case with a 128gb Plextor M3 SSD and 2x2gb of SDRAM. No optical or hard drive.

I also need to build a another new desktop one of these days and I'm trying to decide whether to use an i5-3550S or stick with an i5-2500k.
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Heres another way of looking at it. When the Sandy Bridge motherboards were shipped the were all recalled. Creating numerous problems. Even after that some motherboard manufactures got it right, some didn't. IMHO AsRock did the best job here. As for Ivy Bridge I too have a new build planned. The CPU doesn't worry me as much as the motherboard. Which manufacture will get it right? Just that AsRock got it right this time, doesn't mean they will get it right now. Lots of people are buy the new Ivy Bridge moterboards and the CPU isn't out yet. I prefer to let the dust settle and read the reviews before I take the plunge.
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Wait till Monday. Official news will be forthcoming
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