I have a bit of dilemma, I am looking at a new htpc and I have found that both the A6-5400k and i3-3220 come out at the same costs as each other! This is due to the m-itx motherboards being so expensive for the AMD route.
I watch 1080p 10bit h264 which requires cpu so am I correct thinking the Intel route for me due to the extra cpu grunt? Also I won't be doing any gaming on it except for emulator based stuff, which I think is also cpu only?
The amount of heat either one gives off is very important to me too so that has to be a consideration there. So any opinions are welcome!
The A75 based mini-ITX motherboards are around £70:http://www.morecomputers.com/productrev ... ogle1&ta=0http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showprodu ... g&pup_c=gshttp://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-fm2- ... e+shopping
The last one has Wifi and Bluetooth built in too. The A75 motherboards are closer to the H77 motherboards in specifications and cost less too.
The H61 ones are around £45 to £55 and are very basic motherboards. The Core i3 3220 is still around £85 to £95 and the A6-5400K is around £50. If using one thread the A6 5400K is probably around Pentium G620 or G630 performance(you can look at the separate reviews on TH). You are still looking at £10 to £20 more for the Intel setup,ie,at least £130 for the Intel setup and at least £120 for the AMD setup. The A4 5300 has also dropped in price to around £35 to £40,which means you can get close to £100. The 65W TDP A8-5500 is around £75 to £80 too.