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Okay so My motherboard lan just crapped out on me. I thought id try blueray on the amd zacate, its annoying I see stuttering on both powerdvd and tmt5 updated an all. So Im guessing a need a more powerfull thing than the amd zacate can give me.

I have 4gb ddr3-1333mhz That i would like to keep.
2tb hdd
and a blueray drive and card reader. I have a case for a mini itx.


so my question is which cpu intel or amd doesnt matter will give me flawless playback on Blueray Movies on 1080p and play all my shows like mkv etc all format. Amd zacate is not helping it after I RMA getting rid of it asap.
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Does your case have room for a gpu?
Do you need 24fps (personally I can't tell 24 vs 60)?
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i think I have enough for a video card but I think i need a low profile card?

is the case ^. If i can just add a graphics card and it will solve my problem with blueray with no stutter then ill do that in a heartbeat.
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post #4 of 7
You should only need a dedicated GPU.
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well im about to sell my amd e350 to get the i3 2100 so is the igp good enough on that or be better getting 5450 as well? and would 512mb vs 1gb on a 5450 matter?
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post #6 of 7
The i3 2100 is good enough, I've played blu-rays on my i3 2100 + H67 mobo + TMT5 with no problem.

BTW, not that it matters since you RMAed your E350, did you ever try enabling GPU acceleration on it? I know my E350 stuttered on 1080p content before I enabled it. Now it handles it fine, though I do like my i3 2100 HTPC better (i3 in living room, E350 in bedroom)
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post #7 of 7
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Well turned out nothing wrong with the mobo so didnt have to rma but my router is pooping out on me .. And yes aceleration is on still has a stutter not a very big one but still there only in full screen it happens not in windowed mode.
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