old dell pc = new htpc, how to setup

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i have an old Dell, pentium machine w/ vista. i use vlc to play avi and mkv files. i also use it to watch Amazon prime & hulu. it works, but kinda slow on the boot up and lots of updates etc. it runs on wifi now as i don't have any wired ports nearby. may go to a powerline setup at some point, but it works now, struggles with the 1080p files. i don't have cable nor tuner card, i watch rarely watch tv, and when i do it is ota. files are stored on external drive via usb.

i'm considering installing linux with xbmc to make it run faster, leaner.

1. will linux allow the machine to run faster? faster boot?
2. i'm not familiar with plex nor xbmc. so i don't have a preference.
3. ubuntu or mint?


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started with openelec install. booted up quick and installed bluecop add on for streaming Amazon prime and hulu videos. a couple of the files, mkv and avi files i had stopped playing at same points. research online indicated that bad encoding of files with errors would do that. couldn't find any error correction setting in xbmc. while i really liked the quick boot up (20 seconds or so) i didn't like the finicky nature of xbmc with some of these files and difficult to browse Amazon and hulu.
so i installed mint linux distro. again, simple install, quick boot. had to play around to get the correct drivers to play nicely. but i swear, the picture quality coming out of vlc seemed more fuzzy.

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