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Is an old Intel Pentium E5300 enough to power a HTPC?

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G'day,

I've managed to get a really neat project for my Woodworking class, A wooden PC Case. I'm going to make myself a HTPC case and I thought it'd be a great opportunity use some of my old components.

I'm wondering if an Intel Pentium e5300 will be enough guts to power XMBC HTPC? I already have the everything else I need.

Here's the Specs:

Intel Pentium e5300
Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L Micro ATX
1/2gb DDR 2 RAM (Unknown Speed) < Getting it free, it's either 2gbs or 1gb.
Old DvD Drive I found.
Old 220W PSU I found.
2nd Had HDMI Graphics Card < Unless I convert VGA to HDMI and it's still nice?

I'm using a old 220W PSU for the first setup, but It's probably something I'm going to change. I'd guess all this will run off it. Excluding the GPU (Maybe).

So, do you guys think it will handle the things it needs to do? Also, I'll be doing a topic in the Cases Mods. smile.gif

Thanks!
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Should be plenty, but you'd probably need a graphics card. Onboard wouldn't be able to reliably handle higher quality streams.

For reference we have an AMD E350 in the bedroom HTPC and it doesn't have problems streaming HD content.

Homemade wood case sounds pretty nice! You should make a build log or similar smile.gif
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G'day,

I've managed to get a really neat project for my Woodworking class, A wooden PC Case. I'm going to make myself a HTPC case and I thought it'd be a great opportunity use some of my old components.

I'm wondering if an Intel Pentium e5300 will be enough guts to power XMBC HTPC? I already have the everything else I need.

Here's the Specs:

Intel Pentium e5300
Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L Micro ATX
1/2gb DDR 2 RAM (Unknown Speed) < Getting it free, it's either 2gbs or 1gb.
Old DvD Drive I found.
Old 220W PSU I found.
2nd Had HDMI Graphics Card < Unless I convert VGA to HDMI and it's still nice?

I'm using a old 220W PSU for the first setup, but It's probably something I'm going to change. I'd guess all this will run off it. Excluding the GPU (Maybe).

So, do you guys think it will handle the things it needs to do? Also, I'll be doing a topic in the Cases Mods. smile.gif

Thanks!

Yup, get an entry level video card for high-bit rates and improved image quality. Intel didn't care about graphics back then and was pretty bad.

Try to get at least 2GB RAM.... DDR2 is cheap on eBay.
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Should be plenty, but you'd probably need a graphics card. Onboard wouldn't be able to reliably handle higher quality streams.

For reference we have an AMD E350 in the bedroom HTPC and it doesn't have problems streaming HD content.

Homemade wood case sounds pretty nice! You should make a build log or similar smile.gif

E-350 struggles on some 1080p, MadVR, and higher-bit Netflix.
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I'll be definitely be doing a build log, I'm working on my design in Google Sketchup.. 3 hours down.. 100 Left or something. Lol. I'll be just looking around on the net for a cheap card I guess. Thanks for the input guys smile.gif
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