I forgot to mention that I have one of the rare socket 478 boards with PCIe.Good luck OP!
As a general rule all systems without PCIe are useless for HTPCs.
It also depends on what your budget is. You can build a capable HTPC for around $400 (more or less, depending on what your storage requirements are going to be.) A Haswell Pentium with it's integrated graphics are plenty for HTPC duty, add 4GB RAM, find a copy of Windows 7 on sale, throw it in your existing case (or get a $20 case on sale) and you are just about there.Hi All,
Thanks for your iputs, It doest makes sense.So time to scrap the P4 and go for the c2d for htpc
Thanks again everyone.
Research?Me thinks you need to do a little research. People are using Raspberry Pi's at full 1080p as HTPCs.
This answer from newbie4121762 is pretty goodI think at this late date P4 is so old and so slow that the cheap Pentium processors will run faster than that. Might be time to bin anything that is that old. I think the Haswell i3 with integrated video is a lot better than an old P4, even if it has a video card. Can a P4 even do HD Video and HD Audio? Heaven forbid trying to run 4K?
Time to start over.
Blu-ray and HD DVD CPU Requirements.
CPU Family Recommended
(H.264 Blu-ray / HD DVD) Minimum
Pentium 4 (Prescott) Not Recommended 541 (3.2GHz)
Pentium D 8xx Series (Smithfield) Not Recommended 840 (3.2GHz)
Pentium D 9xx Series (Presler) 945 (3.4GHz) and above 930 (3.0GHz)
Pentium M (Dothan) Not Recommended 755 (2.0GHz)
Core Duo (Yonah) T2500 (2.0GHz) and above T2400 (1.83GHz)
Core 2 Duo (Allendale/Conroe) E6300 (1.8GHz) and above Any
Turion 64 X2 TL-60 (2.0GHz) and above TL-50 (1.6GHz)
Athlon 46 X2 4200+ (2.2GHz) and above 3800+ (2.0GHz)
Athlon 64 FX FX-60 (2.0GHz) and above Any
I think at this late date P4 is so old and so slow that the cheap Pentium processors will run faster than that.
I agree... in fact, I just took my old Dell P4 (Prescott) and PentD (Smithfield) systems out of service, they weren't all that hot for web browsing... correction... they were 'hot'... and loud. I wouldn't want to use them for HTPC duty.Not worth the effort.
I don't have charts
In that case you can throw in a low-end GPU and at the very least be able to play local 1080p content without a problem.I forgot to mention that I have one of the rare socket 478 boards with PCIe.