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post #1 of 4 Old 02-19-2012, 10:14 PM - Thread Starter
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Will this work?

It's for my mother who loves the look of my HTPC with Media Browser. I've been looking at Boxee Box but have read quite a few negative things about it, and I'd rather not have to worry about having to go to her house every time there's a firmware update, Flash issues with Apps, etc. I figure I'll put the movies/TV she loves on it, set-up MB/WMC and be done with it.
She'd pretty much only use it with Netflix, Hulu Desktop, DVD MKVs rips made with MakeMKV and some 720p stuff (I assume my BD rips won't work).
I'm really just not sure how powerful the PC needs to be for her basic needs.
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-19-2012, 11:20 PM
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Here is the Spec's on the RAM, from crucial.com:

Memory Type: DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-10600, DDR3 (non-ECC)
Maximum Memory: 8GB
Slots: 2
Each memory slot can hold DDR3 PC3-12800, DDR3 PC3-10600 with a maximum of 8GB Kit (4GBx2) per slot.*


An 8GB kit is only $52, so I really see why not. Personally, if the video card does not offer HDMI output, you are going to suffer.
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It should work, BD and BD rips are no problem, as long as hardware decode acceleration works (dual core 1.3GHz processor is pretty weak).
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For context, I'm running an old (until I update it later in the year) Intel e2180 with 2gb of DDR2 800 memory without a problem. I use it for XBMC streaming from my server, netflix, and Amazon streaming without a problem. I just overclocked it to 3ghz but it did run just fine at 2ghz stock.
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