A noob question from, well, a noob.
I've been looking into buying or building a fanless HTPC to replace my current Acer R3610 (it's a nice box but I find the fan noise very distracting and the lack of decent hardware acceleration for HD content via iTunes is a problem).
I found some systems by "Tranquil PC" which, with the optional freesat tuner card, tick all my boxes. However, in doing some research on the system specs, I found a mention of the 24fps issue in an Anandtech article and so have been digging around the forums here for more information on this and what it is likely to mean for me. And that is where I'm struggling.
Am I right in thinking that the issue pertains to trying to match the output from the HTPC to the TV screen refresh rate? If so then what does that mean when using a 60hz refresh rate (which is what I use at present)?
In principle the idea of a frame being repeated every 40 seconds or so sounds like a major problem but in practice I don't know whether it is actually something I already have and am happily oblivious to.
I realise that this may be tantamount to heresy for some but I've been running my Acer at the 60hz refresh rate since I set it up and have never noticed a problem with my assorted DVD and Blu-Ray rips. Equally, I don't want to spend around £1,200 on a box that only has one expansion slot and which may leave me having to choose between the freesat tuner or a separate graphics card.
From everything I've seen, it is clearly an issue for some people. My question though is that for the average user, is this likely to be a problem that is going to ruin the HTPC experience?
Grateful for your views,