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Is this good enough for a media center HP Compaq dc5700 Small Form Factor PC - Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz

ms2000 1,309 28 December 9, 2015 at 06:21 PM
HP Compaq dc5700 Small Form Factor PC - Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8GHz, 2GB DDR2, 160GB HDD, Combo, Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit

Mostly watching movies online?

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does it have hdmi out? 2gb ram is a red flag for any pc.
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Price? It has to be 6+ years old to be a Core 2 Duo. Will it do the job at 1080p probably but I would have a hard time paying much of any money for it.
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Quote from moosehead View Post :
does it have hdmi out? 2gb ram is a red flag for any pc.
I can add an HDMI card to it
How much memory does it need?

I have a Athlon XP dual core on WinXP MCE by HP - it was fine - nowadays it does not play as good as a Win 8 Laptop - why?

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Price? It has to be 6+ years old to be a Core 2 Duo. Will it do the job at 1080p probably but I would have a hard time paying much of any money for it.
$75 - how much should i pay?
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I have an ancient Core2Duo HP DX2300 of that era that I use as a DVR with NextPVR, but it's a full size case. I added a $30 HD 5570 video card to get HDMI out. It has 4GB of RAM, the max it supports. It does a fine job, but it doesn't have to transcode anything. It can record 3 HD channels from a HDHomeRun tuner while we watch a show that already recorded and it just chugs along. IIRC, it has an E4600 2.4 GHz CPU.

The machine you're looking at should be able to stream Netflix and the like, after you install a video card that will fit in the SFF case, to provide HDMI out. But if you decide to make it into a real HTPC then you'll need more memory and a larger hard drive.
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I can add an HDMI card to it
How much memory does it need?

I have a Athlon XP dual core on WinXP MCE by HP - it was fine - nowadays it does not play as good as a Win 8 Laptop - why?



$75 - how much should i pay?
What is the source of these movies? If you have a better PC in the house already I would much rather go with a Roku for $75 and use Plex on my good pc if your playing local content.
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I wouldn't expect great performance out of that. Those things are pretty old, I believe they released in 2006. I definitely wouldn't try to make a htpc out of one.

With that being said, you might find that it is 'good enough' depending on what your expectations are.
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I think you are much better off with an HDMI stick - the integrated graphics will struggle with full-screen netflix or youtube, it will be large & relatively power hungry (as in it will need fans), and at 6+ years, it won't last very long or be reliable

adding a HDMI card to it would bring the price up to $100
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