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HTPC, Intel or AMD, mITX or mATX


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Barnys

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Hi

We are thinking of building a HTPC, it  won’t be used for much more than HD cable TV, net streaming and the usual music and picture storage/viewing.  We want front USB3.0, more than two SATA sockets and preferably onboard WIFI (ac). 

 

I had been looking for mITX motherboards and had picked the Asrock H97m-ITX/ac because it is H97 and has ac WIFI.  I thought a Pentium G3320, 2x 3.0 GHz 53 watt would complete the combo.

http://geizhals.de/i...20-a993710.html

http://geizhals.de/a...z-a1111362.html

 

I have ordered a cheap case that can accomodate both mITX and mATX boards so now I  am thinking a mATX board might be an idea.  However, if we go with a mATX we will also need to buy a WIFI solution

I have looked at a number of boards and because of the need to also buy WIFI, I have narrowed the search to two "cheaper" mATX Intel 1150 and FM2+ AMD boards.

 

AMD = http://geizhals.de/a...yz-a994774.html

  http://geizhals.de/a...yz-a994774.html

  Perhaps with an AMD A6-7400K Black Edition 2x 3.5GHz Kaveri 65 watt.

 

Intel = http://geizhals.de/a...y5-a981427.html

http://geizhals.de/a...z-a1161386.html

 

Also, I have been looking at PCIe WIFI cards and have narrowed it to the following two;

https://geizhals.eu/...r-a1168691.html

http://geizhals.de/t...hloc=at&hloc=de

 

I would appreciate your views, is there a better MB-CPU combo, and it would be a big help if anyone has some thoughts to share about PCIe WIFI options.

 

 

Regards.

 

Edit, for corrections.


Edited by Barnys, 08 September 2015 - 05:40 AM.

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