Originally Posted by guyladouche
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
Originally Posted by hereonyourown
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. Edited by Brutuz - 5/28/09 at 3:33pm