Originally Posted by Mike Walsh
Renethx: I really only play HD content. I have several hundred DVD's ripped to my Flexraid server but to be honest, if it's not in HD, then i won't watch it. The rest of the family watches some on occasion but they don't care about the quality anywhere near the way I do (:
I don't really need to follow a budget but I figure I already have good quality case, PS, SSD & Blu-Ray drive. All I need is MB, CPU and RAM.
Thanks for your help!
CPU: Celeron G1840, $45, if you don't need 3D, Core i3-4130, $115, otherwise.
CPU cooler: Stock cooler is usually enough. You can replace it with a third-party cooler, but the choice depends on your case.
MB: MSI H97M-G43, $90. If you want to spend more, GIGABYTE GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5, $135, or ASUS GRYPHON Z97, $165. But these mb add nothing to PQ in video playback.
Memory: G.SKILL F3-1600C9D-8GAB Ares DDR3-1600 CL9 2 x 4GB Kit, $76.
GPU: Integrated in CPU is enough for 1080i/p contents playback.
This is basically a 'standard' system, that's good enough for 1080i/p playback. You can add a discrete graphics card for better upscaling DVD/720p (that's not your current object) or for OpenCL applications such as SVP (Smooth Video Project) or 4K HEVC decoding. These belong to 'performance' / 'high performance' / 'ultra high peformance' systems in my upcoming guide. I will send it to you asap once I finish it.