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Htpc 4k build

Postby Shaun » Sat May 06, 2017 10:23 pm

So lately ive been using the laptop on the tv a heap and it is amazing but it severely takes away the convenience of a laptop being a laptop lol. I think it is time to build a htpc. Main criteria is it can run 4k res (laptop doesnt) and actually be fast enough to run 4k videos. I may use it for rocket league but will just run that in 1080p. Any advice i think ill try grab parts 2nd hand to save money aswell

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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby norbs » Sat May 06, 2017 11:06 pm

How much 4K content is there?

There are a lot of little HTPC machines around. I am currently using a BeeBox, but I dont have any 4K content.
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Postby Shaun » Sun May 07, 2017 1:14 am

Im after something that has an os as i like to use netflix on chrome then i can change to usa easy etc. And itd be nice if it was ok gfx so i could play rocket league on it too. That can be in 1080p though. Oh and there isnt a hell of alot of 4k stuff yet but i know there will be so its more just to prepare really

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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby wabbit » Sun May 07, 2017 12:06 pm

Damn you had to throw in RL. Like Norbs I was ready to suggest a Beelink or Nvidia Shield TV.

If you're only preparing for 4K, why not skip that until you've got the content to use it? Save coin now and when you want that upgrade.

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Postby Shaun » Sun May 07, 2017 4:31 pm

True. Im thinking of buying my cousins old game rig if he lets it go cheap enough

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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby Pinger$ » Sun May 07, 2017 9:15 pm

Any Intel cpu from i3 6100 up supports 4k. Can always upgrade to a stand alone card later if you want to do more with the box (games).
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Postby Shaun » Sun May 07, 2017 11:22 pm

So can just use onboard gfx?

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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby Pinger$ » Mon May 08, 2017 12:35 am

Yep, you need the right spec of hdmi cable to support 4k, other than that, the onboard video works well enough.
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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby norbs » Mon May 08, 2017 8:18 am

I just got this from a Kickstarter campaign.

http://shop.udoo.org/preorder-x86.html

Mine was $130. They claim it will drive 4K. I havent tried it yet.
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Postby Shaun » Mon May 08, 2017 9:40 am

surely not, will do some reading cheers norbs
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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby norbs » Mon May 08, 2017 12:46 pm

Shaun wrote:surely not, will do some reading cheers norbs



From the Kickstarter page...

UDOO X86 is 10 times more powerful than Raspberry Pi 3, able to drive up to three 4K screens at the same time.


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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby wabbit » Mon May 08, 2017 6:09 pm

Not exactly what you're after but tiny little Beelink do 4K, roughy $80 Aus.

http://m.everbuying.net/product1208122.html

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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby Pinger$ » Tue May 09, 2017 7:48 am

They'll do 4k, but not 4k video. Not enough decoding power.
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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby wabbit » Tue May 09, 2017 8:21 am

Really? It's marked as 4K60fps. I just watched a YouTube vid of a guy playing a 4K vid from his phone on it.

I can see performance being a concern maybe it depends what codecs and whatnot the files are in?

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Re: Htpc 4k build

Postby Shaun » Wed May 10, 2017 8:49 pm

Cheers for all the advice. Cousin is giving me a good price on his gaming pc ( same as mine except gtx 680 instead of a 970) so I'm sure itll do the trick. More expensive than all these gizmos but itll do everything i need no dramas

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