Originally Posted by Steevo
Why would you put together a pile of 4 year old crap like this ? You're deliberately picking lame parts to make your silly point. Pick something that is more cost-effective (= more storage space, more performance):
Broadway Com Corp 1244MA-BLACK Glossy black Steel ...
Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65...
BIOSTAR H61MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Mic...
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin ...
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM 1...
less than $290 for all your Farmville time-wasting needs
Toss in an optical drive to round it up to an even $300.
Somebody mentioned Ubuntu up in this thread. I am operating under assumption that if Ubuntu works for one option, it goes for the other as well.
The ONLY reason to go with a nettop would be because you're somehow power-constrained (yet you somehow can afford to run a monitor which uses just as much power alongside that box ...). You're going to save what, ~15W ? You give up quite some performance for it.
I'm not a fanboi of either CPU manufacturer, I'm just not blinded and can see where the value is. I would have advocated a similar system (but built around Athlon II and corresponding AMD motherboard) one year ago.
Oh and to the clown who claims that Pentium G620 has problems out-running any Brazos chip: CPU benchmark please or STFU. Thanks