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A8-3870
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Yojimbo413 Wrote:The place I am shopping from doesn't have the one that you mentioned. But they did have these two.

AMD A6-3650 APU W/ AMD Radeon 65XX HD GFX Quad Core Processor Socket FM1 2.6GHZ 4MB 100W Retail Box
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=61953&vpn=...acture=AMD
AMD A8-3870 Black APU W/ Radeon 6550D HD GFX Quad Core Processor Socket FM1 3.0GHZ 4MB Retail Box
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=66665&vpn=...acture=AMD

You guys would recommend going with iGPU over a discrete GPU card?
With your insurance money, I recommend the beast (AMD A8-3870). The HD6550D in it is equivalent to a discrete GPU ( AMD HD6570 to be exact). HD6550D can be used for crossfire too. I doubt that you need to crossfire it for HTPC purpose. You'll be very happy with A8-3870. Smile

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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bluray Wrote:The HD6550D in it is equivalent to a discrete GPU ( AMD HD6570 to be exact)

but on a 64-bit bandwidth tho, not 128.
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Ok, the AMD APU is in shopping cart now. On to the motherboard. What do you guys suggestions?

Gigabyte A75M-S2V mATX AMD FM1 A75 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI DDR3 DVI SATA3 USB 3.0 Motherboard
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62378&vpn=...e=Gigabyte
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Yojimbo413 Wrote:On to the motherboard. What do you guys suggestions?

its written in my HTPC guide which motherboard for AMD APU
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sparky0 Wrote:With current tech, this may often be true. However, if you're going to the effort to lay fresh cable, it's not worth pinching pennies by choosing Cat5 over Cat6--if it slows you down or causes bit errors on your Gigabit LAN, of if you might want to use 10GigE someday, etc.

EDIT: drat, beaten!

I've chose Cat5e because it was cheaper and have no need for Cat6. My downloading and transfers occur on the same box. Streaming... won't need more than 100mbps.

Plus, the highest internet line available in my area is TimeWarner at 15mbps lol. Beyond that, I think COX Cable has one of the highest speeds at (50mbps) but they're a few cities over. Maybe in 5 years we'll be able to succeed the 100mbps connection in standard homes around my area. Until then, I'm hoping the world doesn't end on Dec 21st and then I get my ungodly speeds.
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Yojimbo413 Wrote:Ok, the AMD APU is in shopping cart now. On to the motherboard. What do you guys suggestions?

Gigabyte A75M-S2V mATX AMD FM1 A75 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 1PCI DDR3 DVI SATA3 USB 3.0 Motherboard
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=62378&vpn=...e=Gigabyte
The AsRock in my post #49 will allow you to turn on/off HTPC using MCE IR/Remote from cold start. This is a very good option to have for HTPC. Smile

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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bluray Wrote:The AsRock in my post #49 will allow you to turn on/off HTPC using MCE IR/Remote from cold start. This is a very good option to have for HTPC. Smile

Cool. How can you tell if a motherboard has this ability? I was looking for a mobo with 6 sata connections.
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Yojimbo413 Wrote:Cool. How can you tell if a motherboard has this ability? I was looking for a mobo with 6 sata connections.
AsRock A75M included this option (Supports On/Off Play Technology). It'll allow you to connect USB IR to one of the rear USB port to turn on/off HTPC with MCE remote. Here is the complete spec on it- AsRock A75M.

>Alienware X51- do it all HTPC
>Simplify XBMC configurations
>HOW-TO Bitstreaming using XBMC
I refused to watch movie without bitstreaming HD audio!
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