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Hello,

I’m trying to build something that can play 1080p 3D movies smoothly. I won’t be streaming it, but rather have an external hard drive connected via usb.

My current Western Digital HD TV Live box isn’t cutting it. It stutters when playing some 1080p movies and most 3d movies even when it’s connected via USB Hard drive.

What can you guys suggest? I would like to just have a laptop, but I don’t think all laptops can display 3D. Am I wrong? A Small HTPC would be great too, but I really would like to stay under $350.00 total.
    
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Could the stuttering be because of the USB connection not providing enough bandwidth?
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I thought that may be the case, but when I use the same USB hard drive on my main PC(in sig) there is no stuttering at all. I ahven't heard of anyone having the same stuttering issues as I am with the WD Live. They only stutter when they stream 1080p wifi, I'm stuttering when USB connected.... I'm stumped.
    
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$350 total on what? I'm thinking about AMD Llano here but in that case does it only include MB+RAM+CPU or other component.
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did you update the firmware on the wd live? i own one and it works good? but i never did a 3d movie with it.
if you cant fix the wd problem then building a small htpc would be a lot cheaper then buying a laptop.
Edited by valtopps - 1/29/12 at 10:46am
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Guys,

I spoke w/ a WD Live custome service rep and he says the issue is that my Bluray rips are too high quality. He says it can support 1080P @20frames.

So I returned the WD Live and got a AMD E350 1.6ghz setup. It has a amd 6310 integrated video card.... I also returned it hehe. Reason is, it runs almost every single one of my movies, but it's still very slow.... I bought the Zotac prebuilt HTPC for $319 off amazon. I figure at that price I can build a newer LLANO based htp w/ a SSD(about $360 for parts)...

As a side note, if you're looking for a HTPC Laptop woot has a deal right now http://www.24daydeals.com/daydeal-woot for AMD E350 laptop. The specs for the laptop is same as the specs as my prevoius zotac so it'll run your movies, but it's still slow so no gaming etc.



Anyways, I'll update when I finally build the LLANOS based htpc. I'm still deciding if I should go Dual or Quad. The quad has a 6550 graphics so I might spend an extra $60 so I can do light gaming.
    
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I can take out 4 gigs of ddr3 ram from my desktop to put into the new htpc. I don't see a benefit to having 8gigs anyways.


But in the LLANOS I would need mobo, case w/power supply, cpu, SSD HD. I would prefer a smaller ITX Case. I don't need OS. MIght need a small HTPC type keyboard/mouse though.
    
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