e3-1225 overkill for a HTPC?

Ken g6

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Xeon E3-1225 == i5 2400, unless it's using ECC RAM, which might make a RAM upgrade hard. Also note no Windows on that machine. Otherwise, looks decent to me.
 

Harrod

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Thanks, I ended up picking one of them up.
 

JeffMD

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Yea, good cpu. If you are going to dedicate it to a media server I would make sure all fans are 4 pin to take advantage of fan silencers on the motherboard, and use an SSD for a boot drive. The mechanical media drive can sleep when not in use but windows will never let the main drive sleep.
 

ethebubbeth

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It depends on what you're doing. My 3570k is getting a workout decoding 10bit h.264 and upscaling with madVR.

If you're playing back content in Ubuntu with something like Kodi, you should be fine with the E3-1225.
 

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