S775 CPU for HTPC?

Discussion in 'HTPC' started by Wacko02, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Wacko02

    Wacko02 Member

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    Need some advice on what CPU would be best for my upgrade.
    Building a HTPC upgrade for Bluray playback and HD audio out through the graphics card. I don't do much encoding, just HDTV playback and BR & DVD playing from either disc or iso rip, so shouldn't need too much power in it and want to keep temps down as much as possible.

    I have an Asus P5k SE mobo (S775) on the way but not sure what CPU i should go with.
    Options:
    Pentium E6500 (2.93Ghz, 2MB Cache, 1066Mhz FSB, Dual Core)
    Core 2 Duo E7500 (2.93Ghz, 3MB Cache, 1066Mhz FSB, Dual Core)
    Core 2 Duo E8400 (3.00 GHz, 6M Cache, 1333 MHz FSB, Dual Core) - 2nd Hand

    I won't be overclocking it and would like to use the EIST function in the BIOS to keep it running slow and cool for most of the time anyway.

    Will the Pentium E6500 be sufficient (it's the cheapest), or should i spend a bit extra to get the Core 2 Duo chip?

    No gaming or anything, just Media Centre usage, running Win7 32 bit.
     
  2. koolio1234

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    Go for cheapest, the E5300 (2.6ghz 2mb cache) is about $70 and runs really cool (45nm), highly recommended as its quick enough to do anything you would need to do on a htpc and excellent value for money. The E6500 might be a little overkill for a htpc but still ok if you really wanted it.
     
  3. Oppressa

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    I'd agree. Lowest wattage/heat is what you want (as long as you don't intend to do any gaming on it just video/TV/music/pictures)
     
  4. Fishface

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    I've got an HTPC with a P5K-SE and an E4500 in it.
    It does Blu-ray playback fine so the E5300 will be more than enough.

    I haven't managed to get the HTPC into sleep mode with W7 32 bit however, it locks up badly.
     

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