Re: rig for running 1080p on television
i've got a 20mbit connection which i max out regularly but my laptop can't really handle the load, transfering onto the hard disk at 2.5MB/s, rearranging the files to put them together and then playing back in hd is pretty much impossible. I don't even have the performance to play a h.264 .mkv file when my computer is doing nothing else.
Streaming divx is manageable, and so is streaming DVD images but when it come to the high def stuff my computer basically can't cope.
So i thought i'd get a desk top computer which can handle it. but i didn't know if it was a decent graphics card i neded to handle the picture, or a decent processor to handle the computing of the picture or a just decen't hard disks to make the transfering of the data more smooth.
i'm looking for the right setup that will not break a sweat doing this, but also not break the bank. when buying a new computer it always makes sense to me to buy the best of everything that there is available - but i didn't know if this was actually necessary. I don't really use my computer for high end gaming, or design. i use my computer to browse websites, type up documents, and download and watch 5GB h.264 rips of blue ray movies.