I am looking for a HTPC for my Samsung PN58N560 (1080p 58” TV). I am hoping to get a micro ATX or HTPC case and a 1 GB video card. I tried using my laptop which had a Intel Core 2 Duo 6600 and a ATI Raedon with 512mb (it was a dell 14z) and it lagged quite a bit when I put the settings in “1080p 24.”
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: By the end of March
BUDGET RANGE: 650-850
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Sole purpose streaming HD content online (occasionally HD video from a hard drive).
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Don’t need keyboard, mouse or a monitor
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Houston TX USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer Intel CPU over AMD
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 58” 1080p
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: need windows 7, please also include a wireless b/g/n card into the pricing
No. A discrete GPU will always beat integrated graphics. However, the current generations of integrated graphics (of which the i3 is on the cutting edge) are good enough for full HD playback (both video and audio), just not powerful enough for gaming.
It does have an HDMI port (the "HDMI" part of the board's description...).
No, because laptops are different from desktops. There are a number of factors that cause the difference. The desktop hardware is much, much more advanced than hardware for laptops. Lots of laptops also don't like playing anything outside of it's native resolution. Laptop HDDs, RAM and CPUs are all a lot slower than a desktop's. All of these factors could cause a big slow down.
EDIT: I should add that the review focuses a lot on what you can do in gaming. Just playing videos is a lot less intense graphically than playing games. And 30+ FPS in games is absolutely amazing for integrated graphics.