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Currently, my mothers rig has a Pentium Dual Core E2180, while our HTPC has a deIHSed Celeron D 430 OC'd to 3Ghz, I was wondering if my mother would notice any difference in her day to day apps if I swapped the CPUs, she runs MYOB, Firefox, Outlook Express, Excel, Word and a few other programs, does anyone think she'd notice the difference? She DOES have those programs running together usually, so that's what I'm concerned about.
    
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Why would you want to swap it if you don't have any problem with Celeron D?
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It was fine until we got a new HD (1080p), it has a little bit of trouble with videos that size, its either this or I save up and buy a 9400GT (AU$69, which I will have to take out of my DX11 GT300 card fund, I'd rather not though.)

Honestly, if my mother won't notice a difference, then I'd rather swap the CPUs...
    
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It was fine until we got a new HD (1080p), it has a little bit of trouble with videos that size, its either this or I save up and buy a 9400GT (AU$69, which I will have to take out of my DX11 GT300 card fund, I'd rather not though.)

Honestly, if my mother won't notice a difference, then I'd rather swap the CPUs...
If the problem is HD viewing, then a 2180 probably won't be great either. A lot of times without gfx card processing, any current dual core2 CPU less than 3GHz gives choppy playback with HD. Best bet would be a gfx card. Is the computer AGP or PCI-e? Any of the ati HD3k (low-end is fine) should work, and the geforce 8k or higher should work as well.
    
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I think the e2180 would be fine, I have an e2160 and it is MILES faster than my 2.8GHz Celly, even at stock speeds. Plus the e2160 overclocks past 3GHz on stock voltage.
     
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The 430 isn't celeron D, its just a conroe (core 2 architecture) like the e2180 with only 1 core.
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I think the e2180 would be fine, I have an e2160 and it is MILES faster than my 2.8GHz Celly, even at stock speeds. Plus the e2160 overclocks past 3GHz on stock voltage.
I agree with that it's faster than a 2.8GHz Celeron--but the issue is with viewing HD video on the CPU alone. I wish I still had my x1950pro--I could throw it in and watch some HD movies to see what my CPU usage is like. I do know that cpu usage never goes over 20% with my HD4670 if I watch a HD movie.
    
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It was fine until we got a new HD (1080p), it has a little bit of trouble with videos that size, its either this or I save up and buy a 9400GT (AU$69, which I will have to take out of my DX11 GT300 card fund, I'd rather not though.)

Honestly, if my mother won't notice a difference, then I'd rather swap the CPUs...
I would recommend to try swap CPUs to see how it goes first, then if it doesn't work out as you want it to be, look like buying 9400GT's the only option
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If the problem is HD viewing, then a 2180 probably won't be great either. A lot of times without gfx card processing, any current dual core2 CPU less than 3GHz gives choppy playback with HD. Best bet would be a gfx card. Is the computer AGP or PCI-e? Any of the ati HD3k (low-end is fine) should work, and the geforce 8k or higher should work as well.
PCIe, at the moment it has a 6800GS in it, which has Purevideo for some viewers.

But the program used IS Multithreaded, I use it on my computer, I get 50% CPU usage unless I let it work with the GPU on my triple core, while the Celery is usually at 100% and chopping.

The HTPC has a good motherboard, my old Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L, it works up to 419Mhz FSB, I reckon I can get at least 3.33Ghz on the E2180... (Xigmatek S1283 is on it too.)

But yeah, I'd like to think that two cores with double the cache at the same speed would do it a lot better, this should also get my F@H score up. (ONLY runs when movies, etc aren't) +rep

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I would recommend to try swap CPUs to see how it goes first, then if it doesn't work out as you want it to be, look like buying 9400GT's the only option
Okay, thanks.
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If it's PCI-e, I got an 8500GT I'd be willing to part with . CPU video rendering is really, really bad at high resolutions. Period, even if you had a Q6600 etc watching a 1080p video would skip up and lag.
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