PC hardware forum: Choosing a Processor for an HTPC Build

by: dlutter November 28, 2011 9:19 PM PST

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Choosing a Processor for an HTPC Build

by dlutter - 11/28/11 9:19 PM

I am researching components in while I save up for my first PC build. The goal is to build a budget/low end HTPC. I don't know if I have a need for an HTPC and really just want to do the build for fun/curiosity. It may end up as a general purpose desktop when it is all said and done.

What would be desirable specs for a processor in a build like this?<div>
I sifted through processors on Newegg and made a list of processors with 65W or less, most current sockets, and $100 or less with up to $125 as a grey zone. This leaves the Celeron G530/540, Pentium G600 & G800 series, Athlon II X2 series & X3 400e series, AMD A4 APUs and the A6 3500 APU. The i3-2100 is in the grey zone.

I currently am leaning toward the A6-3500. Are there any big downsides to going with it vs an Athlon II X2/X3, Pentium G800 series, or i3 2100?<div>
I purposely left out discussing form factor to keep this post shorter. I plan on starting a thread when I look into motherboards.
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