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    Simple CPU Question

    I wanna build a htpc using an old pentium 4 socket 478 proccessor. However the motherboard for it is useless meaning i'll need a new one which i can get for 35 quid. However i'll then need an agp card which will create more heat. So instead i;m thinking of buying a socket 775 motherboard and a cheap cpu. I have seen 3ghz celerons for 25 quid or or a dual core e1200 for 35. All i wanna know is, is it worth paying the extra tenner for two cores at a lower speed or goin for the i core at 3ghz. The system will only be for dvd and tv playback running vista media center. What do you think...

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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    the 3ghz celeron will be the old pentium 4 style. avoid.
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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    Quote Originally Posted by MadduckUK View Post
    the 3ghz celeron will be the old pentium 4 style. avoid.
    Quoted for the truth, avoid like the plague.

    Find a cheap c2d chip somewhere and go that route, also means you'll get yourself a PCIE GFX card which if your planning to ho down the HD TV route later will mean you can grab something like a HD 2600 or something

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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    why avoid... will it really be that bad just for that purpose...its celeron d if that makes any difference... also if i go for a core duo...would something like 1.6ghz be suitable

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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    Small amount of CPU cache memory, and just generaly a poor quality product in comparison. A 1.6 GHz dual core CPU will be much better than any celeron CPU.

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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Behemoth View Post
    Small amount of CPU cache memory, and just generaly a poor quality product in comparison. A 1.6 GHz dual core CPU will be much better than any celeron CPU.
    Apparently the Dual core celerons are just as brain damaged as the other celerons. and with the pentium dual cores being so cheap i see no reason why that should not be used instead.

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    this should be more than powerful enough for a Htpc and does not cost that much to boot
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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    okay thanks for the help

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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    Hell, didn't realise they had gone that cheap !! I paid double that for an E4300 last June !!

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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyfool View Post
    All i wanna know is, is it worth paying the extra tenner for two cores at a lower speed or goin for the i core at 3ghz.
    mhz/ghz is not a measurement of power

    A modern e1200 will beat an old Celeron with ease, even with a much lower clock speed

    MadduckUK is spot on though, for this budget its well worth looking at the AMD route and comparing
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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Agent View Post
    mhz/ghz is not a measurement of power

    A modern e1200 will beat an old Celeron with ease, even with a much lower clock speed

    MadduckUK is spot on though, for this budget its well worth looking at the AMD route and comparing
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    okay in that case do you think the recommendation above for a cpu and motherboard from madduckuk would be the best option for a htpc rather than the intel processor and this motherboard... Computer hardware and software at amazing prices, available online from Scan Computers UK ...bearing in mind i will only be using onboard graphics...onboard should be sufficient right?...

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    Re: Simple CPU Question

    Onboard is sufficient generally for video processing, however you should clarify the following points:
    1) Will you be watching HD-DVD and/or Blu-Ray movies?
    2) Are you connecting the PC to an HD-TV, or to a computer monitor?
    3) What will be the resolution of the monitor / TV?
    4) What sort of connection / input / lead will you be using?
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