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Old 12-21-09, 08:52 PM   #13
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Default Re: So I was asked to turn a tired Dell (Celeron/PCI) into a Hulu box... (facepalm)

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How is the cpu usage?

Does the graphics card stop it crapping out?
theres been an edit, hope this helps

I have a 3.0ghz prescott that hits 100% playing youtube in 640x480 in 16 colors so wondering how high the CPU usage goes.
I have AGP

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I wonder if I could throw a P4 with HT in there, one with the highest possible multiplier (doesn't teh BIOS have to support multithreading though?)... I know it'd get kicked down to 400 fsb, but Hyperthreading plus whatever other features the newer 478 cpus had might offer a performance advantage in media playback over the 2.8... just something to think about.
AFAIK the 2.8ghz 400fsb cpu is as high as you can go without a board that will let you OC the fsb to 533.

I had my NW OC'd to 3.2 with stock cooling and thought that was good at the time, Now I think I could have gotten it to 3.4.
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Old 12-21-09, 09:03 PM   #14
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Default Re: So I was asked to turn a tired Dell (Celeron/PCI) into a Hulu box... (facepalm)

My mom's husband just called and let me know that he got the 2.8 in just fine... Desktop is 1280x720 or 1360x768, 32 bit, and Hulu is running perfect in non-480p on their crappy DSL connection through a junk Qwest router.

I'm satisfied, and so are they.

They have an identical rig upstairs for a work PC... I put 2gb in that as well, no vidcard though, and I ordered a P4 2.4 to replace the Celly 2.0 in that one... so similar improvements are occuring in that rig as well... intended more to help them breeze through work stuff a little easier.

I couldn't imagine what they'd think if they had my media and desk PC's there instead of these old Dells.
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Old 12-21-09, 09:36 PM   #15
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Default Re: So I was asked to turn a tired Dell (Celeron/PCI) into a Hulu box... (facepalm)

Might I suggest a sata card and an SSD
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Default Re: So I was asked to turn a tired Dell (Celeron/PCI) into a Hulu box... (facepalm)

Nah. It's gonna be an almost always-on rig, so once it's been booted up for a few minutes, everything will open up fast enough. Of course it'd be cool, but heck if we were to do that we might as well have just built a NEW media rig instead of upping the horsepower of an old one.
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Old 12-25-09, 11:12 AM   #17
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Default Re: So I was asked to turn a tired Dell (Celeron/PCI) into a Hulu box... (facepalm)

My media pc/server is,
athlon 64 socket 754 @2.21ghz
vista 64
radeon 9500 agp
2gb pc3200
sb live w/ kx drivers.
no overclocking.

I mostly stick to stagevu downloads running klite codec pack and windows media center.
any other player is choppy.
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Those old celerys were just that bad weren't they. It was amazing how much the performance dropped just from having less cache, they shouldn't have been allowed to sell the damn things they were that bad!
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Default Re: So I was asked to turn a tired Dell (Celeron/PCI) into a Hulu box... (facepalm)

Stick a cheap CUDA supporting gfx card in it and it'll do 1080p (my single core Atom/ ION combo handles it fine).
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Default Re: So I was asked to turn a tired Dell (Celeron/PCI) into a Hulu box... (facepalm)

Ahh ok, xdanger, just noticed that you posted in this thread about that also.

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