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OK, here's the deal: I have an HDTV with a ton of possible inputs. I want to have a simple, low-power, and small form factor PC for the primary purpose of watching streams from sites like Crunchyroll and Hulu on my TV. Ideally I would run Linux on it. Also, this this is sort of a special-purpose device so the cheaper the better.

This would not be a MythTV-style box. I don't care about storage (just as long as there is something to install an OS on) or optical drives. What I am envisioning would be something like the Eee Box only with more CPU power. Based on my experience with my Eee PC laptop I really don't think it could handle a 720p stream. This also basically rules out all of the nano-ITX/VIA stuff. It's going to need at least a decent CPU.

With raises the question, what is the minimum CPU you need to play a 720p Crunchyroll stream without skipping? I'm not sure...

To some degree I can already do this with my PS3, but it's not really the ideal machine for it. Lack of memory gets in the way of the HD streams and the flash plugin really isn't optimized for the cell architecture.

Finally, some sort of remote control would be awesome. Though I could probably live with just a normal wireless mouse.

So, any ideas?
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I don't quite understand your question. You have a HDTV and you want to hook up a PC to it for the primary purpose of watching streams on it. 'Basically, it all depends on your decoder.' 'Or, if you need more power... Get a better graphics card so you can hand off some degree of decoding - from IDCT to bitstream to bitstream plus FGT - to it away from the CPU. Newer NVIDIA cards - of which I've owned and used two - work well with Direct X Video Acceleration (DXVA)-enabled decoders such as those offered by Cyberlink, included in Media Player Classic Home Cinema, and even Microsoft's own MPEG-2 codec. Additionally, CoreAVC now uses Nvidia's CUDA to substantially boost decoding performance on newer Nvidia chips even without using DXVA.'
PS: As for the remote control, just get a media remote for the PC (Every brand sells one) EX: http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/mice_pointers/mice/devices/3443&cl=us,en
Source: http://ask.metafilter.com/117801/Minimum-PC-specs-for-playing-HD-video-files
Message me for any additional help if you need it. Best of luck
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Yeah, you didn't understand my question. I said small form factor PC. I don't want to plug my desktop into my HDTV, it's in a completely different room. I want something small, quiet, and low-power.

Which is why I brought up the Eee Box, which would basically be perfect except that I don't think its Atom processor is going to cut it. Upgrade the graphics card? The kind of form factors I'm talking about don't have upgradeable graphics cards.

I'm contemplating a Shuttle KPC...
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^ i really don't understand any of this.
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I'm confused...o_O
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Just get a cheap laptop and plug that in to your HDTV?
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ANSWER=DO A BARREL ROLE
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just get a macbook haha
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Archangel768 wrote:

just get a macbook haha


Anything that has to do with a mac sucks.
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As long as your graphic card able to do HD I don't think there will be a problem.
You can just buy a laptop with HD.

But why not buy a really good PC that you can use for everything else too?
And just put a HDMI-cable between the TV and the graphic card.

As for remote, a wireless mouse is easy. But you can also use your phone.


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WHOOSH! That's the sound of this thread going right over my head.
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i really don't understand anything...
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MacBooks aren't that bad as long as you take care of them. . . and i agree with the people above me.

WTF, sorry I can't understand. Not a computer person I guess?
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JacopeX wrote:


Archangel768 wrote:

just get a macbook haha


Anything that has to do with a mac sucks.


Prove it.

Macs....
have less viruses.
are more Stable.
are Faster.

Example

Intel Core 2 Duo overclocked to 4ghz. 4gb 800mhz ram. Windows XP (WINDOWS)

rips dvd in 3 hours.


Macbook 2.16ghz Core 2 duo. 2gb 667mhz ram.

rips same dvd 40 minutes

both dvd drives were the same speed.

Don't believe me? Go jump off a cliff.

Macs Microsoft Office Equivilant software has more features and runs much faster.

The only thing you can say is that Crysis won't run on a mac unless you have windows installed on it. You could also say they are overpriced. And I actually agree with you on that one.
If you say that Macs are too hard to use. Then that's complete bull*#&@. If you spent 1 hour on a Mac you'd be able to use it pretty well if you have half a brain.

From my experience with both types of computers Mac is definitely the one to go with if you want something reliable. If you want to play games then of course Mac isn't the choice for you unless your a fan of Blizzard games which is compatable with both Mac and Windows (World of Warcraft, Warcraft Series, Diablo Series, Starcraft Series)

But lets face it. unless we meet in real life with the actual computers nothing we say on the net can prove either of us wrong since either of us could be lying.

PS: If you own any Ipod or use Itunes and think it's good then your statement has been flawed by yourself.
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I guess I asked in the wrong place...figured there would be at least some computer geeks around here.


Hedbrant wrote:

But why not buy a really good PC that you can use for everything else too?
And just put a HDMI-cable between the TV and the graphic card.



Because it costs more, takes up more space, uses more power, and is completely unnecessary as I already have a nice PC...

Besides, tiny computers with lots of processing power are cool
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