Thanks for the info SsZero
The youtube video on this page explains it well and shows how it works>http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologie...ges/fusion.aspx
Here is a list of the A-Series Accelerated Processor's>http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/pro...comparison.aspx
Would an FM1 APU based system running a dual core A4-3400 2.7Ghz be faster and basically more powerful than the system I mentioned above> AMD X2 260 3.0Ghz with an MSI 1GB DDR3 N430GT (Considering they had the exact same RAM)
((JUST A SIDE NOTE: You mentioned "skimping on ram"? The system I built shows that I used a Corsair XMS3 4GB stick of RAM?))
From having a quick look I have found what you said about the cost to be true in some ways, The Motherboards and APU's are a bit dearer in general but if the APU system is not as powerful than I cant see the point?
If I was to build one of these systems I would choose one of these boards>http://www.msi.com/product/mb/#/?sk=Socket%20FM1
Not saying that they are better in anyway but I have used MSI Motherboards and Graphics cards in pretty much ALL my builds over the last 6-7 years except the last which used an Asrock MOBO (shown above)
The silence of my own personal HTPC is not a huge issue as long as I cant hear the fans whirring away over the audio of a movie im watching Im happy, I have a Pioneer surround sound 7.1 receiver and currently using 5 Pioneer surround speakers & a huge 15" subwoofer that puts out HUGE but nice & crisp bass so generally Im not going to hear my HTPC over my sound System, This is not the case for everyone though, Movie producers can spend somewhere around $50000+ developing the audio for a movie so I cant really see the point of listening to a movie through $5 TV speakers, The same goes for the video side of things, My new 42" LCD TV is way beyond even my older LCD TV
I dont really need my HTPC to be compact either as I have the space to fit a full ATX system in an NZXT DUET case in my TV unit and certainly dont need it to be portable or tucked away, Again this is not the case for all HTPC users
I am very interested in building an FM1/APU sytem in the future just to try it out, Hopefully the price for the parts will drop soon?
I would like to do a price vs performance comparison firstly though?
Im about to upgrade my system to an MSI 990FXA-GD80 with an FX6100 using my MSI N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC Bulldozer, How does this compare to an APU system performance wise?
MSI 990FXA-GD80 BIOS V11.8 : MSI N550GTX-Ti-M2D1GD5/OC : AMD FX-6100 RUNNING @ 18x 3600MHz: CORSAIR H60 COOLER : CORSAIR GT 60GB SSD : CORSAIR VENGEANCE 2x4GB :LOGITECH MK550 : LOGITECH C210 CAM : LOGITECH DRIVING FORCE GT STEERING WHEEL connected to a Pioneer VSX-521-K via SPDIF (Awesome Surround sound) and 42" LED TV
MSI K9N DIAMOND BIOS 1.9 : MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OC/V4: AMD X2 6000+ WINDSOR 89W :WINDOWS 7 64BIT : CREATIVE SOUNDBLASTER X-FI EXTREME AUDIO PCI-E : 4X2GB DUAL CHANNEL CORSAIR GAMING RAM CGM2X2G800 (ALL PURCHASED SEPARATELY) : 1.5TB SEAGATE SATAII + 2TB EXTERNAL : CORSAIR TX750W PSU : ACHILLES DRAGON CASE
MSI K8N SLI PLATINUM : MSI NX8600GT 512MB : AMD 3000+ VENICE : WIN 7 64BIT : CREATIVE OB AUDIO : 2x1GB CORSAIR RAM : 250GB MAXTOR