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Suggestions for upgrading my motherboard & Processor

I am currently running a ASRock J3455B-ITX rig that I built back in 2017... Its been good to me for playback of 4K Content in MKV and other formats. When I purchased it back then, it came as a combo with the Intel J3455 Quad-Core processor. (I dont do any PC Gaming... just movie playback)


Current Build:

- Win 10 Pro

- ASRock J3455B-ITX w/ Intel Quad-Core Processor

- Video Card: GT 1030 2GB GDDR5

- Memory: 4GB DDR3L


It's served me well and didnt cost me much at all... I would like to upgrade my Motherboard, Processor & RAM if needed. Ive come to terms with the limitations of this rig, as the Video Card does a great job offloading video processing, however the processor tends to do quite a bit of choking on the larger (25GB+) files before DXVA engages and even for a little while afterwards. (Again this happens on larger files 25GB or better)

After 45-90 seconds have passed, & the DXVA is fully engaged, Its smooth sailing. But I think its time to build something stronger so I can eliminate the annoyance or atleast minimize it to a large degree.

Like most of you Im spending alot more time at home now so I think its a great time to get this sorted out.


Can you guys help me out & make some reasonably priced recommendations for this upgrade?
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It might be due to the software you are using for 4K playback. My Core2Due E6600, 2 core running at 3.0G, doesn't have any issue in playing 4K UHD blu ray rips. E6600, even over clocked to 3.0G has less CPUMark than J3455. By the way, I use Nvidia 1030 video card also. I use PowerDVD v19.
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Your video card is at the bear minimum for 4K, upgrading that first might make more sense. My old PC when I upgraded from a 1030 to a 1050ti solved most of my playback issues. I have upgraded the PC since to a AMD Ryzen 7 3500 (last years cpu), new mother board and 16GB DDR4 3200 memory for under $200 on black Friday but honestly it made very little difference in playback performance compared to the GPU upgrade. Even a 1050ti is getting a little dated as something a little higher up the scale is highly recommended. A lot of these older GTX cards are flooding the used market as many are upgrading to the RTX line.

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It might be due to the software you are using for 4K playback. My Core2Due E6600, 2 core running at 3.0G, doesn't have any issue in playing 4K UHD blu ray rips. E6600, even over clocked to 3.0G has less CPUMark than J3455. By the way, I use Nvidia 1030 video card also. I use PowerDVD v19.
I'm using MPC-HC with MadVR at default settings.
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Your video card is at the bear minimum for 4K, upgrading that first might make more sense. My old PC when I upgraded from a 1030 to a 1050ti solved most of my playback issues. I have upgraded the PC since to a AMD Ryzen 7 3500 (last years cpu), new mother board and 16GB DDR4 3200 memory for under $200 on black Friday but honestly it made very little difference in playback performance compared to the GPU upgrade. Even a 1050ti is getting a little dated as something a little higher up the scale is highly recommended. A lot of these older GTX cards are flooding the used market as many are upgrading to the RTX line.
Thanks so much for your reply. I didn't consider it to be the video card. I will look into that now!
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+1 for the video card. The GPU is going to do the majority of the processing so that's where you need to beef it up. The rest of your system should be perfectly fine for several more years.
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+1 for the video card. The GPU is going to do the majority of the processing so that's where you need to beef it up. The rest of your system should be perfectly fine for several more years.
Again, thanks for that information... It's always fun to find out you were on the wrong path 😂

I'm going to pick up a lower end Geforce RTX card. Fingers crossed
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Want to thank everyone who helped me out on this. Just wanted to update the thread, I decided on

https://www.newegg.com/evga-geforce-...82E16814487488

Geforce RTX 2060

I know this particular card is not the top of that line but I don't think I can spend more than $300 on a graphics card, especially since I don't game on my PC.
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That card should be more than sufficient for what you need. In fact, you could have probably gotten a less expensive card to suit your needs. This is where I would have checked the refurbed or open box items on Newegg. I've bought several refurbished graphics cards over the years and never had any problems with any of them.
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