ive been reading other posts on this forum and come to the conclusion that i should either go with a sandy bridge i3 or the amd A3850 APU as far as low power consumption and what the build is actually going to be used for. both costs the same right now. I want to be able to bitstream HD audio from the HTPC to my Onkyo 805 receiver and in order to do that it seems i need to get something like a radeon 6770 which can bitstream HD audio via HDMI. this way i shouldnt have to go buy that $250 auzentech sound card, right? I already bought a silverstone HTPC case a couple of weeks ago but i havent got it yet (it was backordered) but if i remember correctly it only fits mini or micro-ATX boards. I also already have a brand new corsair 430 W PSU sitting around, a blu-ray drive, and a hauppage 1250 tv tuner card. So my question is lets say i go with AMD A3850, can it bitstream HD audio via HDMI directly from the motherboard so i dont need the extra video card and if it cant, what would be the advantages of the AMD setup with a radeon video card ? Also if i was to put a 64 Gb SSD in this build, which would i be better off with, Intel or AMD?
i7-4770k, ASRock Z87 Extreme6, Radeon 6870, 16 GB G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-1600, Creative SB Z, Samsung 830 128 GB SSD, 2x 1TB WD Black HDD, Windows 8.1 Pro