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Old June 15, 2010, 05:05 PM
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Hey All,

I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on a new build to replace my aging 3800 X2.

I use this PC primarily as an HTPC, but also as a virtual server to run one or two background machines. (download bot / remote access terminal). Upgrading to gain blu-ray support, and enough power to run Windows 7 smoothly. I do video encodes, as I'm trying to rip my dvd collection to HDD. Most of these are done overnight, so I don't need to set a speed record. Not much of a gamer anymore (wife + kids = almost no free time).

Doing the debate between low power and potential performance (also... intel vs amd).

I'm either going to go with either:

I3 530
Gigabyte H57-USB3
OCZ Vertex 30GB SSD

or

X6 1055t
MSI 890GX-65

Common items
4GB Gskills Ripjaws
Gemini II cooler
segate 1TB drive for storage
case/psu

Planning to use IGP on either board, as both are capable of 1080p playback. The intel has the advantage for HD audio passthru, but I don't currently have an amp that supports it.

Overclocking is always an option, but I'm probably going to run stock speed until I need extra power.

I'm thinking that the i3 combined with the ssd will be nice and snappy, and still low power.

Which way should I go?
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Old June 16, 2010, 05:53 AM
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The X6 seems like overkill for a HTPC but since you are using it to do other things then it may be the way to go. It should have way more power than the I3 but a good quad would also do the job and use less power hopefully.
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