Originally Posted by SmallTownUSA
Some 10 years ago I built an HTPC. It has worked fine but I want to rebuild it for use with 4K UHD. My first question is:
Can I use my existing chassis (Silverstone Lascala Series LC17 Chassis)? If so, what would be the good/best motherboard as a foundation for new hardware (processor, graphics board, maybe new power supply, etc.)? I plan to use the existing hard drives in my current system (except for the Windows 10 boot -- I will use an SSD for this).
I currently run an older version Kodi and will upgrade to a later version -- perhaps Leia (Kodi version 18).
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Hi, I have exactly this case, in silver. I purchased it due to the ability to have many internal disks and the form factor. I originally had a gigabyte board in it but upgraded a couple of years ago.
I now have an ASUS motherboard with an Intel Kabylake processor, windows 10, SSD and lots of internal and external disks. This CPU has an integrated intel graphics processor which handles 4K perfectly, at any refresh up to 60hz. I use JRiver as the media player/library and this automatically switches between 23.976p, 24p, 25p, 30p, 50p and 60p depending on what the movie requires. it all happens perfectly, quite unlike any other media/library software such s MyMovies, Kodi etc., none of which, in my experience is set and forget, like JRiver certainly is.
I have the case fans spinning very slowly with an inline resister to slow them down (a fan controller will do the same). The internal disks never get above 32degress celsius. And unless you are right up next to it, the whole computer is completely silent, which is critical to your enjoyment of a movie. Nothing kills the atmosphere faster than a 1060 or other graphics card whirring or screaming like a banshee, ramping up and down in speed.
Note that I also have a silverstone 450watt fanless PSU, which I believe is still available. Again, in the pursuit of silence. Don't believe all those people that say you need a high powered power supply. For this setup, you don't.
Yes, I know many, many people will say that you need a discrete high end graphics card but unless you are gaming at high res or wanting to adjust all sorts of graphics parameters using things like MadVR, you simply don't need one. And the downside - heat and noise - far outweighs the advantages if normal movies are what you want to watch.
My PC also does video editing and rendering without any issues at all and also serves as the household media server for audio, pictures, videos (movies and home recorded videos). And it can do all this at once, no problem.
This is a great combination. As good as it gets for a movie PC. Oh and you can always add a discrete card later if you need the extra performance for gaming etc..
Regards and good luck, RobinW.