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AMD Sempron 2800+ 1.6GHz Socket AM2 for HTPC

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April 4, 2007 2:32:37 PM

Hi everyone I am buildign a low cost HTPC and was wondering if a AMD Sempron 2800+ would cut it. All this computer would be doing is recording tv, playing tv (maybe some highdef) and using itunes. I have a gb of ram. I will not be burning any dvds on this computer though. The OS will be MCE 2005

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April 4, 2007 4:54:57 PM

The Sempron 2800 should be fine, with the exceptoin of HD content. Although I agree with m25: if it were me, I'd spring for a cheap Athlon64. With it's larger L2 cache, higher clock speed, and CNQ, it would make for a better HTPC cpu.

As far as physical recording goes, MCE 2005 really only works with a hardware capture card anyways, so it doesn't really matter what CPU you have for that (e.g., even a 600MHz Pentium III could do the job for SDTV recording).
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April 4, 2007 7:34:34 PM

I think i might spent a few more bucks and get a 3600 x2 for $65 at the EGG. The only thing is now my cheap HTPC just became faster than my everyday desktop thats still pretty fast and will make me want to get a new one.. Ha thanks everyone.

ps are those 3600+ as good as a oc as they say the are?
April 4, 2007 8:11:38 PM

The X2 3600 seems to overclock very well, yes. I would expect no less than a 50% overclock using a stock-type cooler and a decent enough mobo that can deliver a clean 300MHz fsb clock.
April 4, 2007 9:36:09 PM

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I think i might spent a few more bucks and get a 3600 x2 for $65 at the EGG. The only thing is now my cheap HTPC just became faster than my everyday desktop thats still pretty fast and will make me want to get a new one.. Ha thanks everyone.

ps are those 3600+ as good as a oc as they say the are?

:lol:  This is the problem with today's sub $100 CPUs; haven and hell are often divided by a thin $5 note :D 
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April 5, 2007 1:05:45 AM

Hi-Def? Are you taking about Blu-Ray and HD DVD?

If so then your PC will be woefully underpowered.

According to Anandtech's article about Blu-Ray and HD DVD, it is recommended that you have at least a C2D E6600. I suppose the AMD equivalent is the Athlon 64 6000+.

HD Video Playback: H.264 Blu-ray on the PC
April 5, 2007 2:39:09 AM

Nope I was talking about HDTV like over the air HD
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