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Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by CrispyXUK, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. CrispyXUK

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    I'm building a new HTPC at the moment and was wondering which is the best these days based on Price/Performance/Heat any help would be greatly apreciated
     
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    I found AMD chips to be the fastest CPU’s for your pound. :smashin:
     
  3. CrispyXUK

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    How about these Athlon Mobile processors? are they any good?
     
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    AMD 64 is your best bet for per £ performance.
     
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    I do not think they are as fast pound for pound with there other’s but I believe they are a lot easer to over clock.
     
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    I went for a P4 3GHz (not a prescott) when I built my HTPC recently. The reason I went for this was to get the most stable, reliable platform possible - as close to an STB as possible. I cool it with a Zalman 7000Cu and it is silent at its lowest level, this doesn't run hot either, so for me is the ideal solution.

    Its true that an athlon 64 will give better performance, but you still can't get drivers for a lot of things which run under XP 64bit, so you'd be stuck with using the older 32bit version - now I know that the athlon 64 will work fine with 32 bit applications, but it seems a lot of the increased performance is yet to be seen from these. I'd also be concerned about using new technology in a PC where reliablity is so important.

    In the end it comes down to how much performance you actually need. A 3GHz P4 will run everything I want it to so why go for more? YMMV.

    Just my 2p,

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  7. CrispyXUK

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    The Athlon Mobile runs alot cooler I hear which would be a good solution to some heat problems, would a 2500XP-m run hidef though? do i need a Heatsink and a Fan? Have I not built a PC for ages? :)
     
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    A 2500XP would likely not run much more than 720p (if that), they are meant to OC very well though, so might be ok in the long run. What case/other components are you thinking of? they'll have a bearing on the temps.

    In answer to your last Q, yes you need a HS and a fan, mostly they come together but not always. You really can't go wrong with a zalman 7000Cu though (complete with v. quiet fan for about £25-30).

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  9. CrispyXUK

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    Havent really worked out what I want yet, got a 9600pro, Zalman VGA cooler 2x256MB 3200 ram, Audiophile 2496 and a Seagate ATA 160 gb do far, might just opt for a standard desktop case, would like a silent PSU though.

    and as always the cheaper the better :)
     
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    As far as PSUs go I'd recommend one of the following:

    Option 1 (money no object, has to be ABSOLUTELY silent) - SilenX 400w 14dB ATX PSU, £99 from www.soadvanced.com

    Option 2 (money more of an object, not absolutely silent but pretty damn quiet) - Tagan 480W, £60 from www.scan.co.uk

    I've got one of each of these and they are both tremendously well made, quality products. the silenX is so quiet it's unbelieveable, you really can't tell it's one. The Tagan is good, but it's not SILENT, just very quiet.

    There are others, I just don't own them so can't speak from experience.

    HTH
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    Hi Owain
    What temp does your processor normally run at when it's working pretty hard?

    Thanks

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    Can't remember acurately off the top of my head and I'm in work atm, I'll post some temps when I get home.

    Owain
     
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    I bought a AMD XP2800 the other week and for not much more than buying the OME version I bought the retail version which comes with a heatsink and fan, and there is some heat transfer paste on the heatsink ready to connect to the CPU. Also the retail version has a 3 year guarantee and you know you are getting a recommended HS and fan.
    The XP2800 is probably the fastest CPU before you start paying a lot more for little increases in speed.
     
  14. CrispyXUK

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    Thanks for your help guys
     
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    conor,

    sorry for the late reply,

    My processor runs at about 48-49 degrees at idle and about 54 degrees when doing ffdshow with so many things running you can't watch it (stabilises after about 30-45 mins).

    Seems fine to me.

    HTH
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