HTPC setup, what CPU

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by Psycronic, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. Psycronic

    Psycronic Member

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    I'm putting together a HTPC, with a ATI HD 4550, GB GA-M61PME-S2P, 2 x 80GB HDDs, Antec NSK 2480 with 430w earthwatts supply and 1GB DDR2 (already have from an old system).

    But I'm not sure if I should use an x2 6000+ or a x2 3800+. I've got both of these lying around and am thinking of using the 3800 only so I can use the 6000+ for a Xen or VMware box
     
  2. HyRax1

    HyRax1 ¡Viva la Resolutión!

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    I'm not familiar with the AMD equivalent but in Intel land, I'm happily using an E5200 without any problem for everything up to 1080p.

    As for gfx cards, I recommend ditching ATi/AMD and go NVidia as I find them to be much better performers in the HD decoding department.

    The bulk of burden for any Media Centre (Linux or Windows) is the displaying of the video with any post-processing jobs (such as cutting commercials out of FTA TV) a distant second place.

    The more you can dump to dedicated hardware, the better. Leave the CPU to do what it does best - managing the whole she-bang and telling everyone what to do.
     
  3. AgentRex

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    have you considered a AMD 4850e or a 5050e? with a 780G or better chipset mobo? i've got the 4850e and works wonders on a 1080p plasma, i OC it here and there and still runs cool and great. :thumbup:
     
  4. timsarg

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    i have both a 5200+ and 6400+ running in htpc displaying 1080 and no worries with content
     
  5. DrClaw

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    Looks like heaps of grunt for a HTPC.

    My system :

    E6600
    ASUS P5WDH mobo
    2gb ram
    ATI 4350
    1TB WD GP drive
    DigitalNow TinyTwin usb tuner

    Has more than enough grunt to decode 1080p - only sits on 40-50% cpu. Watching free to air, CPU barely touches 10%

    I'd just run whichever runs cooler - heat/fan noise is my biggest issue in the HTPC.

    $0.02

    [EDIT: That's running Vista 32bit at the moment, soon to be W7 32bit. Don't think there's 64bit drivers for the tuner yet otherwise i'd give that a shot]
     
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  6. Oppressa

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    +1 4850e or the newer 5050e (both 45w) and 780g or 790gx both with builtin graphics for sure. Designed for HTPCs and hidef content.
     
  7. Spectre87

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    Though if you can't get hold of one of the AMD 'e' CPU's, I just built another media center with a 780G board, and a 5000 x2 and it runs at ~60 load with 1080p content. This is running Vista 64bit, soon to try 7
     
  8. DraGoN-BoY

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    I'm running a 4850e for my HTPC and it works fine with HD playback.
     
  9. seb

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    power tests at silentpcreview show for many HTPC tasks Intel 65W CPU systems draw less current in action than the AMD 4850e systems.

    And of course an N330 ION board draws the least of all.

    Power Consumption

    Zotac Geforce 9300-ITX with E7200 CPU idles at 35W and plays Rush Hour at 40W.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article943-page5.html


    Zotac ION N330 system idles at 22W and plays Rush Hour at 24W.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article952-page5.html


    Asus M4A78-HTPC idles at 34W and plays RSUH HOUR at 56W. with 4850e.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article948-page5.html


    790 Chipset ATX boards idle at 38W and play RUSH HOUR at about 46-60W, depending on vid settings, with X2 4850e.

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/article919-page6.html

    sorry forgot 780g chipset: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article807-page7.html

    of course the older chipsets for the Intel CPUs are terrible in this respect: http://www.silentpcreview.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=408152&sid=c83ddc124b13003c31ec3e9959ef2637
     
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  10. Spectre87

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    I think you have to take into consideration the cost of those ITX boards.

    Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX is around $300 + (E7200 $170) = $470
    Zotac ION N330 is $370 (dual core)

    Vs

    GA-MA78GM-US2H $110 + 4850e $100 = $220
     
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  11. Geodude

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    I have a htpc with a E5200 and a ati 4350 and it happily does 1080p content, i am on windows xp, running mediaportal.

    Good luck
     
  12. Statts

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    780G or 790GX and 4850e or 5050e for the win. Won't find better performance for the dollar at 1080p. I love my 780G/4850e setup!
     
  13. li21

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    So we're talking integrated Graphics in motherboards?
    Will they do the job for Bluray, large HD x264 for Window Media Centre / XBMC?
     

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