Long time home theater guy, but this is the first time to throw a PC into the mix. I want the internet so I can stream the subscription services from the Met and the Berlin Philharmonic with reasonable quality for both video and audio.
For that purpose I have purchased an old Dell Optiplex 745 which has a 3ghz dual-core processor and 3 gigs of RAM. I've added a HD graphics card and a modest sound card (not enough slots for a top audio card).
I should say that my computer skills are limited to plugging in the cables and little more. My LAN connection is wireless, and reports a connection about 50mb/s. However the Speakeasy download test barely lifts the needle off the stop, and actually trying to watch YouTube as an example is impossible.
Where is the bottleneck? The wireless card says it's good for 300mbs.
Another glitch is that I can't get the display above the lowest resolution. The HD graphic card is a Radeon 4500.
Hope one of you can point out some obvious error on my part...I'm thoroughly discouraged just now. I have all the movie streaming I want via an Oppo 95, also on the LAN wirelessly