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post #1 of 8 Old 09-03-2012, 03:00 PM - Thread Starter
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I currently have an AMD BE-2400 and wondering if its worth it or advised that i replace it. Currently just using the intergrated graphics but i am considering getting a radeon 5450. But didn't want to put money towards a card if i should replace the CPU. Really interested in the AMD llano series. Thanks in advance.

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Forget to put that my motherboard has an integrated Radeon hd3300.

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Nobody has any input?
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Why do you want to change your htpc? Do you want it to do something it can't in its current form?
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For HTPC use I don't think you will see much benefit, if any, from a processor upgrade. Adding an SSD right now is the best bang for your buck. After that adding the 5450 would be my 2nd choice.
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If your current HTPC has a shortcoming, list it here and someone can maybe help you.

An i3 (21xx) on a z68 motherboard + 8GB of ram will handle everything a customary HTPC needs to do... and all can be found for less than $250. (presuming you have a case, PSU, HDD and optical drive already).

I can also attest that adding an SSD (for your primary/boot drive, get a good synchronous drive over lots of GB) will provide the most noticeable performance improvement.

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If your current HTPC has a shortcoming, list it here and someone can maybe help you.
An i3 (21xx) on a z68 motherboard + 8GB of ram will handle everything a customary HTPC needs to do... and all can be found for less than $250. (presuming you have a case, PSU, HDD and optical drive already).
I can also attest that adding an SSD (for your primary/boot drive, get a good synchronous drive over lots of GB) will provide the most noticeable performance improvement.
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8GB? I thought an HTPC would never use over 4? ... or are you just saying for the small price difference you may as well get the extra unneeded 8?
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Correct me if i'm wrong. I just got a new Pioneer vsx-1121k receiver and without the upgraded video card i wouldn't be able to HD audio. I am hoping that is correct. That and i didn't know how much an upgrade a new llano would be. Just thought it would be money well spent towards a new cpu and mb if it was a big upgrade. Also my motherboard is restricted to ddr2 1066 and that is lot more money than the new stuff.
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