- Mar 27, 2009
core 2 machine might not be able to handle the video decoding all that well, considering many have no hardware acceleration for that (if we are talking really basic Intel IGP stuff), not to mention power and noise.
It is normally goes on sale (on a regular basis) for $9.99 After rebate with free shipping. Has HDMI port too (which, of course, is necessary for TV)
P.S. The noise on my Optiplex 755 is not bad....other Core 2 SFF boxes are quieter though. Idle and active is power consumption is higher than any streaming box (by quite a bit!), but 95+% of the time mine is sleeping with a power draw under 2 watts.