Originally Posted by mkohman
Hey there.. I'm in the process of building s new htpc for 4K hdr playback all tip quality full rips..
What specs have you gone for.. Here are my specs maybes bit overkill but the price difference in lower quality stuff wasn't that much difference..
Intel i5 8th gen 8400
Gigabyte z370p d3 motherboard
16gb corsair ram 2666mhz DDR 4
AMD RX 580 4GB NITRO + GPU
Samsung EVO 960 nvme drive for Windows 10 and couple programs..
Silverstone gd09b htpc case
EVGA 750w semi modular psu.
Not sure which cooling for the cpu to go for yet but was looking at the corsair H100i v2 or is this not necessary?
What have you got in your new HTPC.. Would like your thoughts and I havent opened any packaging yet so if you reccomend anything less than I will consider.. Cheers
If only for rips, much of this is overkill. If using a dedicated GPU, the mobo/CPU doesn't matter much unless you are trying to meet the requirements for Netflix 4k playback, UHD disc playback etc.
I have built two HTPCs this year, both can playback 4k HDR with no problems. In both cases, I bought with cost in mind. Here are the specs:
- built with parts from 2015 but never got around to using:
Intel Pentium G3470
Noctua NH-L9i CPU cooler
Gigabyte Z97M-HD3 mobo
GT 1030 passive GPU
NS40 (it is UHD friendly)
EVGA 300w PSU
Win 10 Pro x64
Intel Pentium G4600 w/ stock cooler
Gigabyte B250M-D3H mobo
GTX 1050 ti
EVGA 450w PSU
Arctic F12 120mm case fan x2
Win 10 Pro x64
Both run Kodi > DSPlayer > madVR. Media is stored on a 16TB NAS.
is using the lowest madVR settings. It's basically used only to passthrough HDR metadata to the TV. CPU usage on this computer is 25-30% and memory usage at 75%. I do get a few dropped frames when skipping chapters but upping the ram to 8GB should fix that, I think.
is currently connected to the 1080p plasma in the living room so I use the better GPU here to downscale 4k and convert HDR to SDR. The GTX 1050 ti doesn't break a sweat and stats are CPU=15-20%, memory=40-45%. I plan to upgrade the TV next month to 4k which would make even less work for the GPU. I briefly had this connected to the bedroom 4k TV using the iGPU only and it's performance was more than adequate.
Both HTPCs are dead silent and barely generate heat. HTPC #2
as a matter of fact, can A/C the living room when left out in the open.