Is there a reason you don't want to use the 880G onboard video? The only area where it lacks is HD audio bitstreaming, but it can play blu-ray just fine.
Edit: OIC... you already own the vid card
Actually, yes. Having had the video fail on one MB after another through the years, I always run it through a card now. I guess MBs aren't made to take the constant stress. Come to think of it, video cards must not be either; they seem to fail as well every couple of years. So, I've always got a new spare on hand.
That ECS doesn't have HDMI anyway, so the vid card is definitely necessary.
Well my wussy E-350 can handle blu-ray just fine with hardware acceleration enabled. I don't see why a Sempron wouldn't be up to the task. Maybe you'd get lucky and it will unlock to a dual core... if the motherboard supports unlocking.
I think your proc should be fine. I am using an A6 in my HTPC and it never seems to be taxed by streaming or anything like that (not even while recording two shows and streaming netflix at the same time. Of course mine is a quad core, but if you only intend to watch streaming I can't see why you would need more then 1 core and mine is never above 10% utilization.
The one suggestion I would have is put in that Vid card in another machine (sounds like you have another) and see if it can handle all of the content you want to view. That way when it does you know that piece is set.
Maybe you'd get lucky and it will unlock to a dual core... if the motherboard supports unlocking.
Your shared experience is appreciated. Thanks! I have always built with Intel - this is my first AMD. I have heard of this unlocking stuff; can you help a fellow out and point me at a thread where I can learn about this. Like; how it's done, how I can tell if my MB unlocks.
The one suggestion I would have is put in that Vid card in another machine (sounds like you have another) and see if it can handle all of the content you want to view
I was going to bench it anyway but, that's a good idea; I'll pop it in my Sandy Bridge setup and run temp and clock tests on it instead while I watch Rambo.