Originally Posted by assassin
Everybody is looking for the "next great thing" with no real reason behind it.
So the HD4000 is the "next great thing". Absolutely no idea if that will translate into any noticeable difference.
Probably not. Maybe for Madvr which on my current system serves absolutely no purpose.
Agree. I just want it to work. The viewing is not that critical to me most of the time.
Perhaps if I was building a super high end HTPC to go into a $100,000 home theater I would care more about exact frame rates and the little things you can nit pick about.
But reality is- My $350 HTPC looks and sounds great on my "normal" level system. It matches up perfectly with the total budget of the system I think.
Most HTPC's are probably in the $350-$650 range if I took a guess- and at this price and budget they are being installed on common but decent quality consumer level equiptment.
If someone had a really high end system - then yeah go ahead and spend $1000+ on your HTPC since it certainly mates up well with the rest of your system. I mean on a $50,000 home theater that's only 2% of the total budget. Seems reasonable to me.
But for most middleclass non enthusiast level people I think the $400 HTPC is just fine.
I have shown my system and HTPC to countless friends and family- all of whom were highly impressed with the functionality and cool factor of it. THey thought the picture and sound was amazing.
No one noticed any "24p" bug, jitter, skipped frames or anything like that.
So I guess I just wonder why it's even being talked about.
I have a 2500k and a 2600k. I actually ran my 2600k as a HTPC for a while.
I can tell you with absolute certainty that my $350 G630 based HTPC works just as good as my $3800 i7 overclocked with a high end discrete GPU.
The suggestion of anyone needing a quad core at today's current level of performance you get around the 2500k Sandy series i5's and higher is just a total lack of real world knowledge and experience. So then I wonder why the replacement IVY, which is even better/more/faster/efficient would be needed.
Honestly I doubt a 2500k would use 3% CPU to even play back a movie... lol.
And even a celeron or Pentium level Sandy could benefit further from a GPU if the future need presented itself. And the Total cost is still far under an IVY with better performance.
I am all about high end PC's. I love them. But for a HTPC I do not see what all the fuss is about.
I might get an IVY down the road when the prices drop a bit to replace my Sandy chips. But it would be a value decision- not a performance need.
And- Most importantly if I was building a HTPC now (and I currently am) I would get a $60 G630, knowing it's just the right amount of performance and value. I could easily keep using my i7 machine if I thought it mattered. Reality is it does not. And- if the wife wants to play back a movie from the server I want to still surf AVS
That's really the only reason I built a second HTPC. lol..