Originally Posted by adam1991
Ivy Bridge w/Intel graphics? Really?
come on man, this is just the sort of response i posted about.
assassin is an extremely knowledgable and helpful poster and his systems by and large seem to focus on simplicity - low power use, quiet, minimalist cases, integrated playback of various media without leaving the frontend. an ivy bridge cpu will play all available consumer media -3d bluray, hulu, compressed mp4s, wtv recordings - you name it. all the goodies are installed - media browser, mkv splitters, etc. it saves on power use and the need for more complex cooling. this is to say nothing of his videophile systems with discrete gpu and madvr installed.
svp and madvr are subjective. you can try to post data or screen shots to show why they are superior, but at the end of the day you are judging the visual quality of something. i can give you data why uncompressed bluray rips are superior to 700mb xvid dvd rips and it sure looks apparent too. but even that is subjective. i bet my mom couldnt tell the difference - she would be too busy complaining about letterboxing.
but this is the point - posters asking questions may have different needs and wants (and budgets) than those answering them. an ivy only pc could have lots of great practical applications if it fits the users needs. it might be way under powered for running a plex server and svp at once. it might be overkill for a playback client and they could use the pentium line instead of the i5 and put the money saved into more hard drives or software plugins.
too often responses come from people bragging about their set ups and/or putting others down for their goals instead of helping understand and then solve their problem within their budget.