Originally Posted by swargolet
During intense scenes, such as the fight scene at the end of Enders Game, the video will start to stutter and the audio will cut out. Once it becomes a little less crazy, it will come back.
So.. are you using wireless by chance? If so, and I know I will have people disagree with me on this, wireless can really only support sustained ~18Mbps throughput on the high-end. You can look at your wireless router and determine what the bandwidth is during those scenes. If it is anywhere near 18, I would guarantee this is the larger issue. Now, the absolute latest wireless devices may be better, but I've personally never seen wireless sustain traffic at the rates manufactures claim they do. This advice comes from 16+ years in IT and working alongside CCIE Wireless gurus. Take it for what it's worth.
Secondly, all these assumptions others are making are based on playing a basic video that is either in its original format or re-encoded properly. If you have a movie that isn't "perfect", your CPU will work harder to play the video. (downloaded movies, etc..)
Thirdly, If you plan to use something like MadVR for video enhancements, often times this will put more strain on the CPU and not the video card. It depends on the settings. If you don't really care about the video quality..disregard most of what I have said. Watch bluray from the disk or disk image or re-encode at 720P and wireless/video won't be as much of an issue.
Lastly, I have fought with home entertainment solutions for years. I can say that by far my favorite solution is J River. I'm not say you have to purchase it, but at least take a look at J River software along with MadVR. J River is pretty cheap in my opinion and one license covers all your devices. DLNA options are limitless.
I'm not a Microsoft fanboy by any means, but I've lost way too many hours of my life trying to get Linux based solutions to work.
On the HEVC comment above, yes..it is bleeding edge. The issue though is that you can choose this codec when re-encoding your movie collection if you like. Therefore, other people may have used this codec. I think a high-end i5 is probably not necessary, but a lower-end might be a good solution for the unexpected.
Again.. all this advice is based on my personal experience. I would hand you $200 in a heartbeat to swap my procs out for legit procs.