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- baldmosher - 2011-11-29 12:06
eskro Wrote:agree, AMD A6-3500 with its HD6530D iGPU FTW!!Noted
But what if I'm not trying to win? What if I'm trying to cause a heavy wound right now, with the possibility of the coup de grace in a few years' time?
I fear going for AMD will limit me in the long run - especially as there's basically no price difference, even if I get a separate GPU, which I probably don't need anyway
- dvdspelert - 2011-11-30 20:25
After days and ours of reading, i still have some questions.
I want to make an HTPC wich is capable of :
- full 3D 1080P playback
- maybe even play a windows game now and then.
I was thinking of these setups:
I3 2100 + video card (gt430 or ati 6570)
or amd processor and GPU unit in one.
But I cant find out what is supported by linux XBMC. What card has better 3D support?
And is linux still the way to go or is win7 also very good?
The holy internet says spec-wise the ati amd setup is better
(A6 or A8 + gpu)
Do the AMD A6 or A8 support full 3D?
if not, what is a better choice, I3 + nividia or ati?
Or something completely different, wait for the next ivy bridge release by intel? (wich will be around april 2012)
I hope you can help me!
- eskro - 2011-11-30 20:31
i think this could have its own thread dvdspelert,
create one and i'll give u hints there
- bluray - 2011-11-30 21:44
dvdspelert Wrote:Do the AMD A6 or A8 support full 3D?this build will allow you to do all the above and you'll not need to discret gpu- Great Gift (AMD A8-3850). as eskro said, you'll get more help with your own thread!
- kyleshay - 2011-12-01 20:12
would you ever recommend more than 4gb of ram? would it be useful to get 8?
I'm looking at
2 x 2GB ddr3 1600mhz CL7 (1.5v)
2 x 4GB ddr3 1333mhz CL7 (1.35v)
this would mostly be for HD videos, and some gaming.
- bluray - 2011-12-01 22:57
kyleshay Wrote:would you ever recommend more than 4gb of ram? would it be useful to get 8?For HTPC purpose, 8gb is a waste of money.
- eskro - 2011-12-01 23:34
bluray Wrote:For HTPC purpose, 8gb is a waste of money.
- 1gr8ftoy - 2011-12-02 02:53
Except when the price is the same like your two links lol.
- baldmosher - 2011-12-02 11:47
....except when the question in this particular case is whether you want 4GB of faster 1600MHz RAM vs 8GB of 1333MHz RAM.....
It depends what you're doing with it really. If it's just HTPC then faster RAM is probably not that good an idea (neither is CL7 vs CL9) but if you're into gaming (or just want to future-proof) then go for as fast RAM as you can afford.
Also if you wanted to run XBMC off a RAMdisk instead of SSD, then as much RAM as possible is obviously a better idea. Especially as 16GB RAM is about the same price as a 64GB SSD. You wouldn't get the rapid boot times, but moving around it would be incredibly quick.
- cfg9000 - 2011-12-02 12:01
baldmosher Wrote:....except when the question in this particular case is whether you want 4GB of faster 1600MHz RAM vs 8GB of 1333MHz RAM.....
You also need to be overclocking for faster RAM to be worth anything.