I'm about to embark on building a new HTPC to replace my old Core 2 Duo system. I can't decide between a new A10-7850k or an i3-4130?
1) Local viewing of ripped BR and DVD. Possibly move to LiveTV. View pictures/music thru WMC too
2) Maybe HuluPlus or Netflix
3) Transcode PLEX to a Roku or serve 1 XBOX extender, never both at once
4) Store media locally and share in house only
Or is there something new in the pipeline that will drastically change the HTPC world in the next few months?
Thanks everyone for the quick replies!
When I say build, I do mean build from the ground up. I've got an Lain-Li Q25B case and all the storage drives. Everything else is up for replacement.
These will be constant: 120gig SSD boot (suggestions?), 5x 2TB WD green drives (Flexraided), Seasonic SSR-360 80 Plus Gold PSU
I'm thinking either A10-7850k/ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+, 8GB GKsill DDR3 1600 ram
i3-4340 (I had the wrong number before) and ASUS H87I-Plus or ASRock Z87E-ITX plus 8GB ram of some sort. I didn't realize the i5-4570 was so close to the A10 in price at microcenter! I guess we could throw that in the mix as well. Would I be better off adding a cheapish PCIex4 controller card to a cheaper mobo to get the SATA ports I need?
This isn't my first rodeo building computers, but it is my first as a dedicated HTPC instead of using hand-me-down scrap parts. My Core 2 build started as a pure server, but plans changed (mostly I got married), space is now at a premium, and the wife-acceptance-factor has to remain high!
I've got a Microcenter nearby, but that doesn't mean I'm stuck shopping there.
I'd be thrilled if I could do some light gaming on the system actually, but that wouldn't be my priority. GRID and GRID 2 are my favorite PC games, and the wife like old fashioned Command and Conquer.
This is in theory a 24/7 system, so low power is good, but from what I saw on Hardware Cannucks, Kaveri and Haswell both idle very well.
Mfusic, the i5 in my price range is a non-K. Would you still go with the i5?
I'd rather not put a GFX card in the HTPC for simplicity and power's sake. Are the integrated Haswell and Kaveri graphics plenty for now? I know past IGP's were crap, but I've not built something that wasn't an office PC without a dedicated card in a long time. Would the new AMD graphics be good enough to play GRID at 1080? It plays nicely (65+ FPS) on ultra graphics on my 4GHz e8400 and GTS 250 at 1050...
I'm a mechanical engineer running SolidWorks almost all day every day at work, so they keep my hardware pretty current. Since gen 2 "core" architecture I've been working with the low level i7s but they have never given me a SSD to go along with 8-24 GBs ram and a nice Quadro GFX card. I suppose that's why my desktop is still rocking an E8400 at 4GHz. It just never seemed much faster for general use. However, I just put an Intel 335 SSD in my Core2 rig at home and it flies most of the time... it's definitely slow when I go to convert video or do some Solidworks analysis, but it's generally fast enough.
You think the IGP on either setup would actually play 5 year old games at reasonable frame/detail rates? I'd like to avoid building another computer simply so I can play what few games I play on it for whenever that Core2 setup dies.
I suppose I'd really like to avoid doing anything to the computer for 4-5 years and I'd rather not do an add-in GFX card in the near future.
Okay. It's too bad I didn't get the wife to want this back in February when Microcenter had everything on sale :(
I guess now I need to figure out FlexRaid vs SnapRaid? I'm stuck with an all in one solution for HTPC and its media since I'm desperately lacking space for 2 towers, so unraid is not an option...
Sorry for asking maybe a stupid/simple question, but both Kaveri and Haswell both support 7.1 audio via HDMI, correct? While I'm not super worried about 24FPS (I think my AVR strips that and makes everything 60FPS) I do want/need good audio support. That is something I've always missed and probably the biggest reason I never ripped all of my BRs.
Many thanks to all for the help. I guess I'm going to look for the better deal. I've almost always used Intel, but have always wanted to try one of the new APUs. I guess it's down to where I can find a better deal.
Thoughts on W7 vs W8 now? I've got W8 on my HTPC now and the wife seems to like it. Her Surface RT has made her not turn on her W7 laptop since she bought it, but she doesn't have an issue working with W7. I'm mostly indifferent.
Also, to save me some cable tangle, I'm thinking of using an mSATA SSD instead of a 2.5" one. Luckily, both boards I'm looking at feature an mSATA port! Now, Plextor M5M, Seamsung 840 EVO, Curcial M500, or Mushkin Enhanced Atlas? The Mushkin seems to be the popular one on Newegg.
Or am I better off just working with 1 more cable set to use a 2.5" SSD?
I would go with the i3-4130T. 35w tdp is killer for htpc build. Like others have stated the gpu in both are plenty for htpc and light gaming but if you plan to game a dedicated gpu will of course be better no matter which one you get.
If it is still i3-4130 vs a10 then a10.
Both are on new motherboards so both will last the this generation and next generations worth of chips.