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Ok so I already own both these chips, and I have this small Acer that I want to use as an HTPC for my Dad. I already have the Q8200 installed but it seems to struggle with YouTube 1080p, and even with the OS itself. I don't want to spend any money on this but I do have a E8400 lying around. Should I swap it for the sake of higher frequency or leave the quad in there?
I also have a q6600 but I'm pretty sure that's a worse performer than both, and sadly I can't overclock.
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Ok so I already own both these chips, and I have this small Acer that I want to use as an HTPC for my Dad. I already have the Q8200 installed but it seems to struggle with YouTube 1080p, and even with the OS itself. I don't want to spend any money on this but I do have a E8400 lying around. Should I swap it for the sake of higher frequency or leave the quad in there?
I also have a q6600 but I'm pretty sure that's a worse performer than both, and sadly I can't overclock.

 

I'd go with the E8400, but what does this thing have for a GPU?

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I'd go with the E8400, but what does this thing have for a GPU?
I just put a GT 710 in there, it was the cheapest x1 card I could find. The thing has a full size pcie slot but it's bad i think, board won't power on with a x16 slot size card. But in the same port the x1 works just fine.


I'll give the e8400 a run and see how it goes. I put windows 10 on it. I was kinda hoping that newer programs would do a bit better in a Quad core environment, but it's struggling.
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I just put a GT 710 in there, it was the cheapest x1 card I could find. The thing has a full size pcie slot but it's bad i think, board won't power on with a x16 slot size card. But in the same port the x1 works just fine.

 

Maybe that's the problem.

 

What does this thing have for a power supply?

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I just put a GT 710 in there, it was the cheapest x1 card I could find. The thing has a full size pcie slot but it's bad i think, board won't power on with a x16 slot size card. But in the same port the x1 works just fine.


I'll give the e8400 a run and see how it goes. I put windows 10 on it. I was kinda hoping that newer programs would do a bit better in a Quad core environment, but it's struggling.

That's your problem right there, not the CPU, I think. Q8200 should have 0 problems with YouTube.
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Maybe that's the problem.

What does this thing have for a power supply?

E8400 with 4GB of RAM should run Windows 7 at least fine. Had a mate with a 3.6GHz clocked one running Windows 7 + some gaming fine. Obviously nothing like Battlefield, but it's not a bad chip considering it's age.

I've got a Q6600 rig at 2.7GHz and with 8GB of RAM (It had 4 for some time) and it runs Windows 10 for general usage fairly good. smile.gif

Q8200's weren't that great as they were missing some instruction sets to make them cheaper (IIRC) and they were lower clocked with less cache. They were meant to be a "budget" quad. I'm pretty sure it's one of the slowest quads that Intel has ever made. The E8400 was one of the fastest core 2 duos ever made.

I actually once upon a time used to play BF3 on my E8500 at something like 4GHz with 6GB of RAM, you really shouldn't have issues with the E8400 to play sub 2k videos. It'd be a GPU related issue which a 710 should do as well, unless the 1x slot is causing issues or it's a driver related problem?

Also how much RAM does the system have?
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Maybe that's the problem.

What does this thing have for a power supply?

It's a 220w. Has 4gb of RAM and a 128gb ssd
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Definitely sounds more like a GPU issue to me.
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That's your problem right there, not the CPU, I think. Q8200 should have 0 problems with YouTube.

The GT 710 is a lot better than the GS 7100 it has on board. It's the best thing I can put in there with my pcie slot being bad.
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The GT 710 is a lot better than the GS 7100 it has on board. It's the best thing I can put in there with my pcie slot being bad.

Have you tried just using the onboard? It could be the bad slot giving you the poor performance.
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