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 Post subject: CPU suggestions for HTPC build
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:13 pm 
Willamette
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So I've decided to do a new build for an HTPC, and am stuck between two processors:

AMD 5350 with the new ATI HD 8400 graphics
and
AMD A6-6400K with the ATI HD 74xx series GPU integrated

I like the 5350 because its only a 25w CPU, but I'm afraid of the abilty to play ultra HD video if I decide to get a 4k TV in the next year or two.
Other option is the A6-6400k, which I like as well, but from what I've read, these can run a little hot (65w).

Maybe do the 5350 for now, and when I get an Ultra HD (if I ever do) get a video card as an upgrade at that point? I would only buy a board with a PCI-E x16 slot anyway, so I'll have that option as well either way I go.

Suiggestions? And I'll be running Windows 8.1.


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 Post subject: Re: CPU suggestions for HTPC build
PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 2:12 pm 
Smithfield
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Honestly I wouldn't worry about the ability to process 4K video until 4K content becomes widely available. Even if you get a 4K screen, it's still not a problem for any modern GPU, regardless of how dinky it is, to process that large of a resolution for the GUI.

1080p is pretty much a joke to do these days with modern processors.


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 Post subject: Re: CPU suggestions for HTPC build
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:45 pm 
Willamette
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OK so I ended up going with the Core i3 4360 with the HD4600 graphics. After looking at the TDPs and some tests between the AMD A6-6400K/A4-5300 and a few various i3 processors, I realized that this one (While it's not the cheapest) was the sweet spot for me in terms of termperature and graphics processing power.


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