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What are the best value parts for HTPC right now?

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  • Dec 5th, 2018 10:23 pm
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Do you want to watch 4k? If yes, in recommend at least an Nvidia 1050Ti.
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audit13 wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2018 6:06 pm
Do you want to watch 4k? If yes, in recommend at least an Nvidia 1050Ti.
I have 1080ti, 970 and other GPUs laying around and my projector is 1080p, so video card is not a problem, I've been out of the loop, with budget CPUs, basically which AMD to get?
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You could always just go with Ryzen-G... 2200G would be good. No need for a dGPU and unlike Intel's platform pretty sure you don't need a specific mobo with HDMI 2.0--I think any board will do it. But if your projector is 1080p it won't matter either way. Intel CPUs are way up in price right now so 2200G looks quite good at $130ish.

If you'll be doing gaming, you have cards on hand for that so not an issue. Must be nice having a 1080 Ti "lying around" LOL. In that case you may want to go with an Intel 8100, 8400 or maybe Ryzen 2600.
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TruBrush wrote:
Dec 3rd, 2018 6:11 pm
I have 1080ti, 970 and other GPUs laying around and my projector is 1080p, so video card is not a problem, I've been out of the loop, with budget CPUs, basically which AMD to get?
With a 1080Ti, you can use any just about any mobo/cpu combination. MadVR will do an incredibly good job of upscaling video to 4k too.

I'm getting great 1080p/4kp playback with an Intel g3258, 8 GB DDR3 1333 ram, WIn10, MPC-BE, MadVR, and Lav filters. The video card does hardware decoding so the CPU sees very little use. I only use my HTPC for music and video.
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What software do you plan to use for HTPC? Anything Linux based (OpenElec/LibreElec) are useless for HEVC encodes with NVIDIA cards.
I have a old core2duo system with a 1050. The 1050 was a waste, but I'm hoping something dies soon and I will upgrade it to a KabyLake or better Intel cpu, the chipset supports HEVC\ x265 decoding out of the box.
4K is fine with with with x264 encoding.
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Depending on your needs I've found that a htpc isn't the best route I turned my htpc into a unraid server with Plex and use a Nvidia Shield for the media player.... Works way better this way if your media collection is growing
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Best value... 1080ti... LOL
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audit13 wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 5:00 pm
Does the Shield have problems with mapping SDR colour to HDR colour space as talked about here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ShieldAndroidT ... _be_fixed/?

What about auto frame rate switching and auto resolution?
I believe the Vero 4K + has auto frame rate switching and auto resolution. The next time the nVidia Shield goes on sale, is there a reason to buy it for video playback purposes only (I don't play games) if I already have a Vero 4K +?
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Kursor17 wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 6:56 pm
I believe the Vero 4K + has auto frame rate switching and auto resolution. The next time the nVidia Shield goes on sale, is there a reason to buy it for video playback purposes only (I don't play games) if I already have a Vero 4K +?
It's my understanding that the Vero runs OSMC rather than Android TV which probably explains why it has auto switching. It also appears to be aimed more at videophiles and is pricier. Where did you get your Vero? I was interested in it before upgrading the video card on my existing HTPC.

I personally use a HTPC to get good upscaling of 1080p content to 4k and playback of native 4k content. I also use it as a semi-server to store documents.
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audit13 wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 7:07 pm
It's my understanding that the Vero runs OSMC rather than Android TV which probably explains why it has auto switching. It also appears to be aimed more at videophiles and is pricier. Where did you get your Vero? I was interested in it before upgrading the video card on my existing HTPC.

I personally use a HTPC to get good upscaling of 1080p content to 4k and playback of native 4k content. I also use it as a semi-server to store documents.
I got mine directly from the OSMC web store 119 pounds a few months back. My original setup was a laptop running a usenet setup (nzbget, sonarr, radarr) and kodi to playback 1080p x264 content on a 1080p 60" plasma and Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 (upward firing front speakers) setup. I didn't want the Atmos setup to go to waste, so I've upped the movie quality content to 4k atmos x265 on the same 1080p plasma and moved video playback from the laptop to the Vero. I won't buy an OLED until this plasma dies, so hopefully 77" OLED will drop to affordable prices by then, since moving from 60" plasma to 65" OLED isn't a big enough jump in size for me.

I too had contemplated between getting an nVidia 1050i video card and dusting off an old HTPC desktop, or a nVidia Shield, or a Vero 4K +. I'll get an nVidia Shield (I don't play games) if I run into a format the Vero 4K + doesn't support, if you run into any formats please let me know.
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Kursor17 wrote:
Dec 5th, 2018 7:38 pm
I got mine directly from the OSMC web store 119 pounds a few months back. My original setup was a laptop running a usenet setup (nzbget, sonarr, radarr) and kodi to playback 1080p x264 content on a 1080p 60" plasma and Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 (upward firing front speakers) setup. I didn't want the Atmos setup to go to waste, so I've upped the movie quality content to 4k atmos x265 on the same 1080p plasma and moved video playback from the laptop to the Vero. I won't buy an OLED until this plasma dies, so hopefully 77" OLED will drop to affordable prices by then, since moving from 60" plasma to 65" OLED isn't a big enough jump in size for me.

I too had contemplated between getting an nVidia 1050i video card and dusting off an old HTPC desktop, or a nVidia Shield, or a Vero 4K +. I'll get an nVidia Shield (I don't play games) if I run into a format the Vero 4K + doesn't support, if you run into any formats please let me know.
I gave away my fully functioning 60” LG plasma last Christmas to make room for a new tv. I am extremely pleased with my decision to go 4K and my decision to go with the nVidia card. The upscaling ability of the card with madVR is excellent.

Just finished watching Mission Imposssible: Fallout 4K and the sound and picture were phenomenal. You really need to suspend reality to enjoy this movie. It’s a lot of fun.

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