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Old 03-11-2014, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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You have to wait a little for the new AMD AM1 low power mb / cpus coming out, they might be better than this 25W wonder - ECS AMD A-5200 - Amazon.com: ECS Elitegroup AMD A6-5200 Quad Core Processor Mini ITX DDR3 1600 Motherboard KBN-I/5200 (1.1): Electronics

Here are Passmark Ratings for various HTPC CPUs [some cpus I own]–
CPU Passmark
AMD E450 Radeon 6320 Graphics
i72600K 8309
i7 4770K 10377
AMD E350 758 Radeon 6310 Graphics 167 Graphics Passmark
AMD A-5200 25W 2434 HD4000 equiv
I7 920 5005
AMD 965 125W 4281
AMD X4 740 FM2 65W Quad Core 3949
AMD A8-6500 APU 65W 4550 Plays Crysis 1 no problem, 8570D Radeon, 673 Graphics Passmark
I3-4340 HD4600 54W 5133
AMD A10-6700 65W APU FM2 4765 Comparison: AMD A10-6700 vs Intel Core i3-4340

I3-4130 54W HD4400 54W 4874
I3-4330 54W HD4600 54W
Pentium G3420 1150 54W 3415
Pentium G2130 1155 55W 3113
i3-4130T 1150 35W HD4400 4203
Here are Graphics Passmarks –
Passmark
750ti 3664 60W Gigabyte – 42W Idle 103W Far Cry Load
570 4379
260 1121
760 4994
750 3210
HD4600 637
HD4400 528
HD4000 457

Here is a cost effective AMD APU 65W Build:
Amazon AMD A8-6500 APU 65W 104.24
Newegg ECS A75F2-A2(1.0) FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD 49.99
Newegg Geil EVO Veloce 16GB DDR3 1600 CAS 9 2 x 8GB dual channel 144.99
Natural Keyboard 4000 32
Mouse 12
MicroCenter Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive – Retail 121
Win 7 Prof 139.99
Newegg Seasonic 360W Gold PS 54.99
Elite 430 Case 38
3 CoolerMaster 120 mm Blue Fans 30
Total 727.2



Here is a better but higher power HTPC build good for gaming –
125W HTPC System 40W Idle
Newegg AMD X4 740 FM2 65W Quad Core 74.99
Newegg Seasonic 360W Gold PS 54.99
Newegg Gigabyte 750ti 2MB 169.99
Elite 430 Case 38
3 CoolerMaster 120 mm Blue Fans 30
Newegg ECS A75F2-A2(1.0) FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD 49.99
Newegg Geil EVO Veloce 16GB DDR3 1600 CAS 9 2 x 8GB dual channel 144.99
Natural Keyboard 4000 32
Mouse 12
MicroCenter Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX 3TB IntelliPower 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive – Retail 121
Win 7 Prof 139.99
867.94

Here is an Ultimate HTPC build that is the FASTEST LOW POWER HTPC YOU CAN GET! Without a graphics card it’s Max 35W CPU Power Draw, with the Gigabyte 750ti Max Power draw 100% CPU 100% Video Card is about 138W! Maybe it’s a 55W power draw on idle and web browsing.
Newegg ASRock B85M-GL LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX 59.99
SuperBiz Intel 4130T 122.99
Newegg XION XON-560 mATX/ ITX Meshed Mini Tower Case, USB 3.0, White/Blue LED 39.99
Newegg Seasonic 360W Gold PS 54.99
Newegg Gigabyte 750ti 2MB 169.99
Newegg Geil EVO Veloce 16GB DDR3 1600 CAS 9 2 x 8GB dual channel 144.99
Natural Keyboard 4000 32
Mouse 12
SuperBiiz Seagate Barracuda ST3000DM001 3TB 7200RPM SATA3/SATA 6.0 GB/s 64MB Hard Drive (3.5 inch) 109.99
Win 7 Prof 139.99
Total 886.92


It took me 2 days of research to figure this out, as right now I’m in the Philippines using the AMD E-350 HTPC I bought for my mom, 8GB max and the web browsing is very limited, about 20 web pages can be open max, and this put the cpu at 100% too. It’s a cheap 15W max HTPC better for 24/7 torrenting, but I’m using it as a main computer now to save using my out of warranty Dell E1705 laptops.

If you got any other better HTPC suggestions, please list it!
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