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Celeron e3300 Question

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May 11, 2010 10:10:26 PM

Ok can you guys tell me whether a celeron e3300 @ 2.5 GHz is enough for an HTPC build with a 1920 x 1080 tv?

FYI these other components that need mentioning:
Zotac mini itx mobo with a GMA x4500HD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2 gb ddr3 ram
Asus 8x blu ray drive with powerdvd

Thanks!

PS: this is for these two little HTPC build im making with these Lian Li mini ITX cases:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Also that zotac mb is ddr3, but lga 775. The 775 cpus have ddr3 controllers?
Nice and simple.

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May 11, 2010 11:00:07 PM

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May 11, 2010 11:26:31 PM

But would the x4500hd be alright? And the cpu isnt a problem with hd video and blu ray right?
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May 11, 2010 11:29:57 PM

x4500hd is more CPU intensive, and you don't have much CPU to spare with an e3300. I guess it would be fine, unless you want to use blu ray. If you want blu ray, then ad a cheap 4650 or 5550. 1080p is taxing for anything less
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May 11, 2010 11:34:22 PM

The CPU is no problem all you need to play HD Video is a P4 2.8ghz so your e3300 is plenty of power but using the onboard x4500 will really make the e3300 work hard and you will need to give it some good cooling. You will see smother playback and better picture out of a dedicated card and the 4650 can be had for around $50 and I think its worth every penny for an HTPC build.
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May 12, 2010 12:36:48 AM

I would say test it out without a card see how it is if you happy with it then no need for anything else the E3300 is a very capable processor so you shouldn't have a problem.
May 12, 2010 3:10:05 AM

I think i'll do what some of you say and see how it performs w/o the dedicated graphics and buy if needed. However i think the celeron should handle it since its basically a Core2duo with less cache.
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May 12, 2010 3:13:58 AM

yannifb said:
I think i'll do what some of you say and see how it performs w/o the dedicated graphics and buy if needed. However i think the celeron should handle it since its basically a Core2duo with less cache.

Its bus speed is also much lower at 800 mhz but that isn't that big of a deal like I said its a very capable chip and you should be fine and if not you throw a $50 video card to offload some of the work from the processor.
May 12, 2010 3:26:45 AM

saaiello said:
Its bus speed is also much lower at 800 mhz but that isn't that big of a deal like I said its a very capable chip and you should be fine and if not you throw a $50 video card to offload some of the work from the processor.

Thanks, now i am confident enough to begin ordering. But while i have this thread i have one question about blu ray software which i will need to complete this htpc. Which software has the best picture quality? I know almost nothing about this. Also does anyone know where to get a cheap BD drive, the one i was about to buy at newegg went from 89.99 to 109.99 today :heink: 
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May 12, 2010 3:28:09 AM

The price of the BD drive is about average they are still very expensive. Now software do you mean which player to use if thats the question VLC is one of my favorites tons of options and is just a great player. Alot of people also use Media Player Classic home theater. I like VLC the best.
May 20, 2010 2:06:18 AM

Hey, my current HTPC has up and bit it, a 9 year old Athlon FX-51 system that definitely served its purpose, so I'm planning on getting new CPU/RAM/MB. I was hoping to eliminate the need for a video card and wanted to see if you had a chance to test out your E3300 on 1080p. I guess it's only been a week though since you said you were going to begin ordering but figured I'd ask just in case.


May 20, 2010 4:04:06 AM

snadsnad said:
Hey, my current HTPC has up and bit it, a 9 year old Athlon FX-51 system that definitely served its purpose, so I'm planning on getting new CPU/RAM/MB. I was hoping to eliminate the need for a video card and wanted to see if you had a chance to test out your E3300 on 1080p. I guess it's only been a week though since you said you were going to begin ordering but figured I'd ask just in case.


If you can hold on a few more days i can get back to you, as im still waiting for the mobo. Also if you wanted to know here is my motherboard and ram:
MB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hopefully the mb will be here friday and i can tell you how it performs with 1080p blu ray.
May 22, 2010 2:53:37 PM

I decided since my CPU/RAM/MB would only run ~$190 (locally) to just do it and cross my fingers. It was an E3300, ASUS P5G41M-C MB, and a 2GB stick of OCZ DDR3-1333. Have it running solid at 2.89GHz. I don't have a Blu Ray ROM for it yet but have some x.264 1080p content (CoreAVC codec) and it streamed flawlessly over the network even with a single-core version of Folding@Home running too. This is also without a video card, just the onboard Intel XMA4500 (Non-HD) chipset. I can't complain.
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