Hi, a friend passed his PC over to turn it into somthing that can play YouTube HD content and HD streaming content in general, without breaking the bank. My question here is will his CPU be able to manage HD playback without lag teamed with a decent GPU? His current rig is:
Now, my idea was to upgrade the ram to a single 1GB DDR PC3200 (generic ram of ebay) and add a decent GPU in there. But again this will relate to my first question... Can this CPU handle it? If so, what GPU would be the best to go with for HD playback?
I had in mind the 8600GT but I think that may be to much of an overkill for HD content. What do you guys think?
What is the mobo chipset?
What resolution monitor?
What is the audio being played through?
Does this need HD Audio over HDMI?
He gave me 50 bucks and the PC. I promised him I'll squeze somthing out of the 50 bucks he game me. So I had in mind a $35 GPU and $15 on a 1GB DDR stick from ebay. It's a DDR motherboard that has PCI-e, not a DDR2.
The motherboard is a MS-7142 Version 2B.
He will be connecting to his 28" HDTV and will need a HDMI port so he can stream the video and audio through there. No idea about the resolution of the monitor. I wouldn't think that would matter when you play a movie on full screen?... Looks all the same on any monitor when on full screen.
But if not, then most probally 1024x**** (widescreen?)
HD actually can be as low as 720p or 1280 x 720. 1920x1080 is at the high end.
I just found your other thread. Sounds like you already have sound advise. The 4350 is also a decent choice in the $25-$35 market.
Is this hooked up to home theater or just the TV speakers? If its going to a receiver, what format does it input. If its a new receiver, the 4xxx cards are limited to 6.1 I think and send the coded signal, not bitstream each channel for 7.1+ (I think.)