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I'm trying to figure out which Intel CPU to buy, but the more I read, the more confused I'm getting.

I am setting up a home media server for my DVD collection, but I want the CPU to be capable of handling full uncompressed HD content (.mkv) files. The reason it's getting confusing is trying to figure out the role a GPU or integrated GPU from Intel would play in streaming or decoding the content. As of now, my plans do not include a graphics card other than what is on the board or chip.

Is this a process limited by CPU, GPU, or hard drive speed?
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post #2 of 12
I'm out on a limb here but I'm pretty sure the i3 could do what you want.
 
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post #3 of 12
I am almost certain any Intel CPU with integrated GPU can do what you want. There is a bug in both the Intel processors and AMD processors that don't allow playing of 23.976 fps. AMD cpu's are better at hitting closer to the mark than Intel. Me personally, would go AMD because of that fact, and the fact that it is cheaper. But that is only my opinion. If you are just looking for Intel, like I said, and with integrated graphics will do what you want.
post #4 of 12
Do you need the CPU to encode to .MKV? If so, I'd say a multi-core AMD using Handbrake or MediaCoder will do
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post #5 of 12
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All the files are ripped on my desktop, and are then transferred to my media server. I just need the CPU to be able to stream uncompressed (mkv) HD content.
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post #6 of 12
In that case, yes, any processor from Intel or AMD with integrated graphics should do what you need.
post #7 of 12
i3-2105 should be good enough, i currently use it for blu rays
post #8 of 12
Get the i3-3220 and call it a day. It's the least-expensive current-gen Intel chip that has all the bells and whistles for hardware-accelerated video.
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I ended up picking up an i3-3220 from someone here. Not sure that it will be able to handle 40GB Blurays, but it should be okay.
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post #10 of 12
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Does anyone know the answer to this question?

Is uncompressed HD streaming limited by CPU, GPU, or hard drive speed?
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