Josh-D. S. Davis

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ThinkCentre M55 processors
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So, I'm testing for the kids computer upgrades.
Going modern CPUs was going to be at least $1200 and that's a bit much.

I dug and dug, and their systems take LGA755 1066MHz FSB anything.

I tried the Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz X6800. This Works fine, and is really zippy.

I tried the Core 2 Quad 2.66GHz Q6700. This gives an unsupported CPU BIOS error, but works. It gives off WAY more heat, but is very noticeably slower. Maybe the heat is causing the clock to throttle back further.

There is also a QX6800, but I didn't have it to test. Likely same BIOS error, and likely would require creative cooling.

Also, they have 3GB of RAM now, and throwing in 4GB, while not formally helping Windows, *did* make an improvement in boot times. Plus, when they move to Windows 7 x64, it should help there as well.

So, $260 for their Xmas computer upgrades, and it more than doubles their current performance (Pentium D 1.86GHz).

Also, the heat difference, and the individual process performance was so big that I am selling the Q6700 out of my media server and buying an X6800 to replace it.

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What software do you run for your HTPC?

Storage = Debian Wheezy, 5x2TB RAID6 array
UPNP = Win2008R2 + TVersity
Player = LG BD-690 BluRay player
* (formerly a BD-390, which was faster, but no Amazon)

I never got around to playing with Myth, or any of the other varieties.

I've heard good things about the WD appliance.

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