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So this is my third HTPC and it is 3yo and surprisingly far less obsolete than any other PC I have had. As in I can still buy a refurb Dell with it's specs for $350 which isn't bad since I built this in '07 for $500.


Anyway, now that I am doing more video transcoding (PlayOn), SageTV running comskip, Hulu, etc. my CPU bottleneck is driving me CRAZY. God forbid I try to watch a netflix video or a DVD.


This is our HTPC but also our main internet browsing PC so firefox is open with 8 tabs in at least 2 windows all day as well.


I finally tracked down the only currently available processor that my motherboard will take and it is $200ish.


Now I have 2gb ddr2, e4500 2.2Ghz 2MB L2 core 2 duo running XP. I could buy a core 2 duo e8500 3.16GHz, 6MB L2, for $200ish and another 2GB of ram for $20 and- would it be enough better to do what I want?


Of course for not much more I could have a completely new setup but then I would probably want to install Windows 7 and then I'd have to deal with all of the stuff that doesn't work anymore . . .and would a new corei5 be significantly faster once I jam another different and certainly bloated windoze install down it's throat? OR would my performance experience be the same?


Thanks in advance.
 

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$200 for LGA-775 isn't really worth it. Better option would be one of the Pentium E6x00 Wolfdales for under $100. Given you seem to be doing some heavy multi-tasking, I'd actually suggest switching platforms and going at least quad-core.


If you're not planning on selling your old PC, you could even divide the tasks. Keep your current HTPC for Sage (since you already have it set-up and all) and use the new quad-core for back-end tasks such as PlayOn and internet browsing.
 

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Q6600 for $100 at ebay (much better than E8500)...
 

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Among them Q8300 is a good choice.
 

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Yeah, I just bought a new E6500 for my home server build for $65.


The i3 530 comes in at around $120, so spending more than that on an older processor seems to suggest it is time for a motherboard upgrade.
 

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Q6600 for $100 at ebay (much better than E8500)...

Oh, I didn't even look at ebay. Yeah that is better.

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There are lots of 775 processors available.

http://www.microcenter.com/search/se...rt=NewProduct&

My motherboard only supports (per it's MSI spec page) a couple that I would think are better than the one I have.

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Among them Q8300 is a good choice.

Yes I saw this after I made the post, but my mobo can only do the q6600, q6700, q9300, q9450.


For cheap money I would def. upgrade to a Core 2 Quad. but the q9300 for $139 at Microcenter (versus $125 used q6600 on ebay) seems the best I can do.
 

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I can certainly understand the temptation for upgrading CPU - no need to change software, OS and gets performance boost. Intel certainly want you to think so by coming up with socket standards.


But I suspect what you are facing is an issue with process scheduling. Transcoding will need as much CPU as available. So it is important to throttle back the process. I manually reduce the priority of transcoding process using Task Manager and my PC (also running XP) is a lot more responsive afterward.
 

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But I suspect what you are facing is an issue with process scheduling. Transcoding will need as much CPU as available. So it is important to throttle back the process. I manually reduce the priority of transcoding process using Task Manager and my PC (also running XP) is a lot more responsive afterward.

He's using PlayOn so his computer needs to be able to do real-time transcoding (or darn close to it). He certainly shouldn't be throttling it or whatever device he's streaming to will probably start showing stutters or frequent pauses for buffering.
 
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