Originally Posted by nas1080p
Thanks very much mfusick...I really appreciate it. Just out of interest, how come not many choose AMD cpus? Examples are such as A8 or A10 cpus?
Probably a little Intel Fanboy bias
The real answer is both AMD and INTEL can be great for HTPC. Intel is usually favored becuase it's cooler and has less heat, and being more efficient in design. Intel also does better as a CPU (that's why you buy a CPU right ?) than AMD does.
In older generations of Intel it might be better to get a AMD because the GPU was better- but today the modern 1150 Socket has great graphics for HTPC ($69 I listed above) and it's probably better as a CPU than most AMD budget chips. Anything more is really overkill unless your gaming or will get a dedicated GPU card you won't realize much benefits. At which point Intel still leads IMO as a i5 or i7 quad core for the same reasons. No hate on AMD- just Intel does CPU better these days. AMD does GPU better.
Personally if I am in an application where I want the GPU or serious performance I go with an AMD dedicated GPU (Radeon 7000/8000) with an Intel CPU (Core i5 or Core i7). This is needed for many levels of SVP, MADVR, or gaming. If you are not doing any of that the simple answer is that even the $35 Celeron G1610 I reccomend will play back 1080p perfectly - and there is no need for more. So the extra GPU or power of AMD (and increased heat and energy) might not be worth it. The exception being the XBMC fanboys preferring AMD for the reason XBMC really sucks but they do not like that reality that Intel / DXVA is broken or sucks with XBMC. But that is really an XBMC problem, not a Intel CPU problem. But a major reason why real PC enthusiasts prefer Intel while a small group of XBMC dedicated people prefer AMD. Generally I think Intel is better at nearly everything you judge a CPU by... but that is just my opinion.
Originally Posted by nas1080p
Thank you for the spec mate. Unfortunately that is way too high for me. Also remember I live in UK, so any offers you mentioned won't apply. Also the prices here are even more higher than the US. The max budget (without a hard drive as I've already got a 250gb) is about £260-£280.
This is why I always give the link: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/
Just out of interest, how come not many people choose AMD cpus? Examples are such as A8 or A10 cpus?
Check out the build below (ONLY 69 WATTS!!!)
What do you think?
I like mine above better
Socket 1150 is not a dead socket and the Haswell CPU will have better frame rates than your i3 from socket 1155 that you choose. It will also consume even less energy if your after that
In this case: Pentium socket 1150 > core i3 socket 1155. Socket 1150 is more efficient and the newer CPU is better at video playback. The power of the CPU is not relevant as both are more than enough, and you can not tell much difference between them. They are very close as a CPU in performance to each other. You would not notice anything until you get into an an upper level i5 or i7. I can not tell the difference between any pentium or i3 chips, or from one or another.
I own a lot of CPU's too.
I can't tell from i3 or pentium or celeron... I can barely notice the jump from i3 to i5. Only a very extreme difference is easily perceived (like celeron to i7)
If my build is too much $$ (socket 1150 Intel ) then I would drop to socket 1155 but jump down from the i3 to something like a $60 Pentium (G1610, G1620, G2020 ) you should be able to get Pentium or Celeron 1155 sockets cheaper than core i3.
Quite simply you do not need core i3. If you want a faster HTPC spend the money on a better SSD (like the OCZ Vector for $99 I posted above) You will notice much more... than from upgrading to i3 for the $$$ spent.