[mythtv-users] Upgrade old or cut my losses and buy new?
beww at beww.org
Sun Mar 4 19:55:45 UTC 2007
On Mar 4, 2007, at 12:20 PM, Yan Seiner wrote:
> I'm in search of HD... My cheapie Sempron 3000 CPU just won't do HD.
> It's clocked at 1.8 GHz and has a 128K L2 cache.
Not surprising, that seems to be the accepted wisdom that that CPU
won't do HD. There's a reason you can buy that CPU new for $30 these
days (it was $40 last week).
> I can get an Athlon 64 3000+ that will fit the mobo for $60; it has
> L2 cache and is clocked 20% faster than the Sempron, at 2.00 GHz.
It should almost certainly work. Jarod Wilson has said he's getting
good results with a CPU in that class. I'm getting good HD playback
with a Opteron 165 clocked at 1.8 Ghz., although that's a dual-core
chip so it's not really a fair comparison.
(If I'm putting words in your mouth Jarod smack me, but you've said
that many times IIRC.
I'm assuming that's the socket 754 "clawhammer" core Athlon you're
> Or should I go for a new AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ system? That comes in
> at $400. The computer in question will only be used as a HD frontend;
> it has no other function, so if I can get good assurance an
> upgraded CPU
> will push my TV at 1366x720p I don't want to spend the money. But
> again, I don't want to spend $60 only to have a system that still
> doesn't work.....
Even if the Athlon 3000 will work, which it should, you are still
putting money into a system that's basically obsolete, or at least
will be so far sooner than a socket 939 box.
It's really a question of spend it now or spend it later, and what
your budget will allow. I can't recall ever hearing anyone complain
about having too much CPU horsepower.
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