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I'm looking into building a computer similar to a HTPC. I don't need as much processing power as an average desktop CPU can provide, but I can't settle for an Intel Atom or Celeron. Using passmark.com as a benchmark, I would say 800 is the absolute lowest I could go on the CPU score.
I really want a fanless CPU heatsink system, but I don't want to pay more than $200 for the motherboard and processor. I'm aiming for about a 25W TDP to achieve that. The problem I'm running into is the lack of availability for consumers at that level.
The closest match to what I could use was here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131875&IsVirtualParent=1
I would use that, but it appears to have too many issues with the chipset and IRQs. The system I'm building needs to be stable.
After a day of researching this, I'm coming to the conclusion that the best CPU I could buy to meet my goals is the i3-3220T, but availability on that is very limited. In addition, going fanless is not going to keep the build in the budget I'm looking for.
Also, I have to buy from a reputable web site. I've had too many bad experiences with small-time sellers.
If anyone could help, I would appreciate it.