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HTPC with Intel Prescott

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by jimbob19, Jul 11, 2004.

  1. jimbob19

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    I am in the process of speccing out a new system

    Already have Samsung spinpoint SATA160gb
    Asus P4P800VM matx
    512mb of ddr 3200 (2 sticks)
    Hauppauge PVR350
    MCE remote and USB ir reciever etc

    Now this is where I would like peoples advice , this m/b has inbuilt 5.1 - I will have to buy the header and feed the signal to my amp , now I am no audiophille , if this will be as good or better than the LG all in one I currently have - I am happy
    Also I am unsure wether to get the 2.8 prescott or normal pentium , not much difference in price.
    I will use the onboard radeon for vga output to my 32" tosh strata , then upgrade so I have DVI out , when I get a panny plasma .
    I am hoping to get a strata 390 case and silenx psu (depending on budget)

    Does this sound a reasonable setup ?

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  2. Kramer

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    Prescots tend to generate more heat than their Northwood equalivents. More heat requires more cooling which usually means more noise.

    If you want to squeeze more performance from your cpu, Northwoods also seem to be more overclocking "friendly".

    :smoke:
     
  3. Mr.D

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    I went for the northwood over the prescott for those reasons.
    Machine is plenty fast for an HTPC in fact its a pretty mean gaming machine too: 6214 in 3dmark03 with a 9800pro in it ( with an arctic cooler).
    No overclock.
     
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    I've got a machine with a prescott 3.0 512k cache, and one with 3.0 1mb cache. Both have the zalman flower cooler, and are on intel 865 perl mobos.

    The 512 cache runs at no more than 40dgeC with all fans set to run as slow as poss (incl the cpu cooler). :cool:

    The 1mb cache has the cpu cooler running full speed all the time. It idles at 48degC or so, and can go up to 60deg under load.

    Hope this helps.
     
  5. jimbob19

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    Looks like the 1mb prescott is def too hot then
    Ok will probably end up getting a 512k on a 2.8 - thanks for the info
    Will be running it on an Asus P4R800-VM - anyone have any idea how good
    the 5.1 is on board , it has spdif coax straight out

    Thanks
     
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    I'd try it and see - you can always get a sound card later...... Unless I'm much mistaken, with spdif out, the clever work will all be done by your speaker setup anyway :)

    That mobo has ati9100 integrated graphics, right? You might even get away with not having to fork out for a graphics card, in which case you'll be running even cooler :cool:
     
  7. jimbob19

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    Yep thats what I was hoping :)
     
  8. MartinImber

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    Prescott to me means large bloated useless lump!

    Would you buy something named after the deputy PM!!!??
     

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