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No...it's not the fastest system around.

But...it's freekin 55 bucks, and comes with windows 7

Let the " I think my calculator is faster than this " comments begin.

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I think my calculator is faster than this
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back in the day this was one of the fastest and stable systems around.
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looking for an sff to use as a small htpc. any ideas how it would do for 1080p media center?
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Quote from Sammyji View Post :
looking for an sff to use as a small htpc. any ideas how it would do for 1080p media center?
I have a very similar machine as my current HTPC. I dropped in a $5-$10 video card, connected some external drives, and it plays any video format that I can throw at it from anywhere. Assuming that the physical size of a real PC doesn't bother you, the only concern IMHO is the power consumption. If you use it many hours, you may do better to get a Raspberry Pi 2 or some other tiny computer that draws much less power. That said, I like running a real Linux PC (with XBMC/KODI) as an HTPC for its flexibility. They are very easy to work with, sting more drives onto or add USB ports, etc.
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looking for an sff to use as a small htpc. any ideas how it would do for 1080p media center?
It'll double your monthly electric bill.
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It'll double your monthly electric bill.
I measured a similar machine and found the electricity cost to be about $30/year (based on my local power costs in VA) if running 24x7. It is unlikely that real usage HTPC would be even half that, so it isn't a huge deal for most people.

That said, a Rasp Pi or other stick computer would only use a couple of dollars per year in electricity, so there are real savings to be had if you are comparing the two options as equal in other respects. But unless you are running only some LED bulbs on your current electric bill, it is very unlikely that this machine will "double" anything.

P.S. As for the price here, depending upon your location and inclination, you can find similar machines at yard sales and flea markets for cheap prices. They may be a bit less "refurbished" than this one, and as always you are taking a risk buying used electronics from a random person. As a comparison in case it is helpful, I paid $5 for my version of this machine and similar prices for a few others that I use for dedicated tasks.
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Didn't think I'd see an Athlon 64 pop again on here. As said before, I'd be more compelled to go the Pi route.
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Quote from RichP1000 View Post :
It'll double your monthly electric bill.
Yes...as long as your electric bill was originally about one or 2 bucks a month.

Do people seriously think a computer will cost THAT much in electricity to use.
Especially since it will be off/sleep mode most of the time/

Jeeesh.
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For $55 I'll get it for my mom it's cheap enough
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Especially since it will be off/sleep mode most of the time
That is actually a good point. My $30/year testing was under some amount of load. In reality, however, the CPU of my HTPC is virtually always idle even when watching content. So if this machine as an HTPC adds more than $10/year to an electric bill I would be surprised. Granted, that amount may be $8-9/year more than a Rasp Pi in a similar role but still is an amount lost in the noise for most people.
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