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Celeron 887 to Kabini Athlon 5150 or 5350?

TSDible

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Ok,

I currently have a Lenovo IdeaCenter Q190 taking care of my HTPC duties. It is a decent enough streaming box, but I'm finding that it can't quite handle the live TV duties that I'm throwing at it. I have 2 x HDHomerun tuners on my network. Live TV is fine most of the time, but if there are a couple of recordings going on, it will start to stutter pretty regularly.

I'm thinking about replacing it with a Kabini Athlon 5150 or 5350. I've upgraded the drive in the Q190 to a SSD, so I already have that.

I figure I can put together a whole system for around $150-$170.

Will I see any significant improvement?

The price definitely seems right...
 

DesiPower

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Nobody answered probably because people, IMHO, these days are not too much into using AMD on HTPC. I dont have much knowledge either, from the specs, 1.6 ghz quad core, it sounds like it should be enough. The celeron is 1.5 dual core, so CPU is a upgrade, along with the architecture upgrade, it should have enough juice for what you are trying to do.

Personally, I HATE those laptop hardware packed into "slim" or "small" cool looking boxes. I just hate them, just stay away from those and you will be fine.
 

TSDible

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Maybe I will look for an Intel option and be done with it.

I'm think I want to build it in an Antec ISK 300-150...
 

DesiPower

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That's not a bad idea, you can go for i3-4130T, its low powered with HD4400, will pretty much do everything you want
 

TSDible

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Quite a difference in price though... 2-3x the cost just for the CPU and Motherboard...
 

basslover1

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Quite a difference in price though... 2-3x the cost just for the CPU and Motherboard...
I just bought (haven't received all the parts for it) a new HTPC featuring an Intel Pentium G3220, low end Gigabyte H81 mobo, 4GB of ram, a 120GB SSD and 80+ bronze PSU for 255. You might not need a PSU, so that would be 205.

This review has the Pentium out-performing the 5350 in nearly every benchmark.
 

TSDible

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I just bought (haven't received all the parts for it) a new HTPC featuring an Intel Pentium G3220, low end Gigabyte H81 mobo, 4GB of ram, a 120GB SSD and 80+ bronze PSU for 255. You might not need a PSU, so that would be 205.

This review has the Pentium out-performing the 5350 in nearly every benchmark.
My main concern is being able to record/watch up to the 4 tuners I have available. That is where the Celeron fails right now.

Will the g3220 handle that? It is considerably cheaper than the i3...

I also have a low profile, passive, 6450 profile so graphics may not be an issue... I think it should handle anything I throw at it.
 

basslover1

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I had that concern too, but it soon faded. When I'm doing research on my next PC upgrade, I always try to get a feel on how it would perform compared to my current rig.

With that said the G3220, in every benchmark I've seen, runs circles my current AMD 4850e CPU, a CPU that I haven't had a problem recording/watching 4 streams at a time with.

I'm more concerned about GPU performance out of the G3220, but you have a discrete card to use if necessary, I don't. You should be fine with the Pentium.
 

tential

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There are also very few people who are recording lots of shows. My "recording" box wouldn't ever be a low power box. It'd be a high power box for Recording, Reencoding, etc. So I really don't know if what you have is "enough" because I paired my 4770k with my Ceton InifiniTV 4 Tuner.

When watching HDTV, I have 1 core being utilized at 30% on my 4770k. So maybe an upgrade could help?

I don't know if I'd try Kabini though. I think it'd be up to the task as it's a quadcore, but HDTV is important to me. Recording id and Reencoding is very important to me. So that's why I have a 4770k. So that no matter WHAT I am doing on machine there is more than enough resources to ensure high quality rips.

That said, nothing can fix TV Signal and sometimes your TV Signal just stutters. I get it sometimes even on my PC. Sometimes I just lose signal completely.

Me personally, if I had the spare cash I'd test Kabini because it's so cheap that worst comes to worst, I put it in a spare room as an XBMC box. But if I'm serious, I buy a decent intel processor.
 

TSDible

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Went to Microcenter today... Bad idea... :)

Went with a 4340 since it's eligible for a combo discount. I think I will be happier in the long run.

So now that I have the 4600 IGP, should I bother with the discrete graphics (AMD 6450 passive)?
 

tential

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Use it first. I don't see a reason why you'd need a discrete card.

And nothing wrong with Microcenter at all. Microcenter combo deals are better than purchasing online. Microcenter pushed the 4770k for me from affordable, to a steal. Microcenter is one of the best things out there for intel.
 

TSDible

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I got it set up last night... no case yet, so it is just out in the open...

It's a beast.

So much faster and more responsive than the Celeron system!
 

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