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Mini ITX case with i7 - is it enought for 4k video?

Discussion in 'Small Form Factor' started by marka01, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. marka01

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    hi,

    I am looking to build mini ITX barebone, to replace my laptop connected to TV, which is struggling with 4k movies. The purpose of mini ITX - Multimedia, movies, 4k content.

    I would need your advice on weather i7 7700k is enough to process 4k movies (since it has integrated HD 630 already?). Or shall I still get a discrete video card?
    I would prefer a PC to be more silent, rather than powerful, hence the main purpose is to watch movies.

    My starting parts were these:
    1) mini itx https://www.********.co.uk/products...atx-case-black-windowed/ca-1d5-00s1wn-00.html or Fractal Design - Node 304 Mini ITX Tower Case
    2) Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-3000 or maybe DDR4-2666 Memory is enough
    3) Intel - 600p Series 128GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive. Do not need any SATA since I have a few 2TB drives
    4) Corsair - CXM 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (not fully sure which power supply to go for)
    5) this is where I stopped... :)

    Any build changes and suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks !
     
  2. marka01

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    I just did some investigation and apparently best to go for z270 chipset motherboard. Any suggestions ?
     
  3. Avalon

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    If you are just wanting to watch 4K video then much lesser hardware had that ability. My NUC only has an i5 4250U, it'll still manage compliant 4K encoded content with about 10% CPU usage, a 7700K seems like massive overkill unless i've missed something and you want to create/edit 4K content?
     
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  4. marka01

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    Thanks for advice. just for 4k movies streaming. no editing. will also use for virtual machines windows 2012/2016 r2. As I understand i5 7500 does not have HT (Hyper-threading) ? Not sure how much does it mean in 4k or virtualization?
     
  5. Avalon

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  6. HoneyBadger

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    7700k for 4K streaming will work fine, it as mentioned it's a massive overkill.
     
  7. CaneyJ

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    Check out the updated "Vorke V1 Plus" which has the Apollolake J3455 CPU.

    It has a HDMI 2.0 output and boasts 4K @ 60fps.

    It's a full system with 4GB SODIMM RAM Stick, 64GB MSATA SSD which can both be upgraded, comes with Windows 10 and has room for an extra 2.5" hard drive for mass-media.

    There's gigabit ethernet and AC wifi as well and you can grab one for around £155.
     
  8. Avalon

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    Don't forget he's now thrown VM's into the equation in a later post without any info on type,usage or number and that 4GB of RAM is soldered direct to the board on the Vorke.
     
  9. marka01

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    hi, thanks. I actually already went for z270 motherboard and i5 7500 as I got a good deal. The only thing I am still uncertain is which memory to go for. The price for ddr4 2400 and 3000 are similar but i5 7500 seems to support only memory up to 2400 while MB can support up to 3600 Mhz.. Will everything still work well if i go for ddr4 3000 ?
     
  10. Avalon

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    Both will work fine.
     
  11. LePhuronn

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    Streaming 4K content and powering VMs are about as opposite ends of the use spectrum as you can get. You can stream 4K content on low-end CPUs with small amounts of RAM. VMs benefit from lots of cores and as much RAM as you can throw at it. So really the question you should be asking is spec advice on building a VM machine, and by virtue of that spec it'll stream 4K without issue.
     
  12. Avalon

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    Specification 'drift' happened after having it pointed out that the posted spec was ridiculously OTT for the stated purpose. If it were a genuine priority consideration, it'd have likely been in the OP as it's kind of a big and obvious one - you generally don't forget that you need to run several VM's on a box that you originally stated was primarily for 'Multimedia, movies, 4k content' as your primary requirement.
     


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