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Need advice for upgrading HTPC for 4k viewing

Hi there. It's been awhile since the last time I had upgraded my PC. I'm looking into getting a new Sony OLED and I want my PC to be able to output 4k/2160p without a problem. My current set up is SilverStone case with Q6600 @ 2.40GHz, Gigabyte X48-DQ6, 8GB DDR2,  AMD Radeon HD 5700, HX 620W PS, 2 x 500GB HDDs. Can this system be upgraded to handle 4k viewing or do I need a whole new setup? And by the way I'm a console gamer so PC is not used for gaming. Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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What are you planning on viewing in 4k on your PC?

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You will need to build a new PC with the latest CPU and GPU tech to get the 4K experience on Windows 10. Anything else is a waste of time and money.
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You will need to build a new PC with the latest CPU and GPU tech to get the 4K experience on Windows 10. Anything else is a waste of time and money.
Thanks for the answer. I was hoping for an upgrad but this is what I needed to hear. Guess we can close this thread. Thanks!

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If you just want to output your desktop at 4K/60z, ie. 2160p, a GT 1030 video card should work in your PC. The card is only $70. I bought a passively cooled model over the weekend. Works fine with my projector.

OTOH, if you want to play UHD BR discs, you have to upgrade the whole computer. That part is not worth the expense, IMO, vs a standalone UHD BR player.
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If you just want to output your desktop at 4K/60z, ie. 2160p, a GT 1030 video card should work in your PC. The card is only $70. I bought a passively cooled model over the weekend. Works fine with my projector...
I'm also happy with the 1030 for 1080p, runs cool as ice with noticeably less breakup during motion (flying logos, etc.) than the 640 it replaced.

Only issue I have is the bios and Win 7 splash screens don't appear during boot when video is routed through an AVR; 640 rendered those without a hitch.
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