[mythtv-users] Should I Upgrade Frontend from AMD 3200+ to AMD X2 3800+ (DualCore) ?
jacob at steenhagen.us
Tue Feb 17 17:19:55 UTC 2009
Brian Wood wrote:
> On Friday 13 February 2009 23:07:35 Ben Coleman wrote:
> Depending on how good a price you can get on the X2 I'd do it. If nothing
> else, each core will be faster than your present one. This assumes your mobo
> will support the X2.
> Socket 939 is a dead end, the mobos are very hard to find anymore, and the RAM
> will not work in the AM2 boards (they need DDR2, 939 uses DDR).
I, unfortunately, have socket 939 in my mythbox. I looked online briefly
a while back to see what going from the single core I currently have to
a dual core would cost me. I was not impressed. It was almost cheaper to
buy a new MB, proc, and RAM than it was to just buy one of the
processors. So if you actually managed to find a good price, I'd say go
> Even the X2 3800+ is not fast enough to play back high bitrate h264 without
> VDPAU, and would probably be marginal for HD MPEG2.
> If you have a PCIe slot, I'd put a VDPAU capable video card into it. If your
> mobo is AGP then you can't do that, and the mobo is coming to the end of its
I'm sure this question has been asked about 1,000 times already on the
list, but I throw it out there since it was brought up. Can you
recommend a good low cost PCIe video card that support VDPAU. I don't
really care about gaming features (though full support for whatever
fancy OpenGL menus 0.22 will support would be nice) as this box is fully
dedicated to MythTV. As I mentioned in another message on this thread,
my machine is stressing when I ask it to play HD content right now so
anything that help it out would be nice (I currently have a 6800 GS card).
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