Hey guys, I recently bought the following desktop to replace a laptop I was using as my htpc. I'm just wondering if anyone can foresee any problems I'll run into with 1080p mkv files video playback, as well as If someone can convince me to wipe the windows 8 that's coming with it ( i.e. I haven't received it yet ) and return to ubuntu 12.04. When I first started using the laptop as htpc, I ran windows 7 in combination with xbmc. For a while it was ok, but then I just wasn't satisfied with performance, so I removed windows 7, and redid the laptop with ubuntu 12.04 still sticking with xbmc cause Its freaking awesome. Result: so much more better when run in ubuntu. Now the only reason stopping me from wiping that cursed windows 8 from the drive when I get it is the fact that I am no longer living by myself, and every other person in the house is completely clueless when it comes to any operating system other than a windows OS, and refuses to migrate. I think it's worth mentioning that the laptop was used just for more than looking at videos and music. Since it is permanently set up in the entertainment center, it was used for web browsing, skyping, emails, social networking etc. And another reason why I opted for a processor with more kick is I often play a few pc games on my other desktop but would be nice to be able to play them on this new rig while connected to the tv. Anyway that's my rant let me know what u guys think. I've listed the specs for the laptop I currently use, and the new machine below.
Not sure if this will matter, but I have an extensive media collection so much so that its spanned across 7 USB 2.0 2tb drives, for movies and tv shows ( all filled ), and single 1 tb for music and music videos. I plan to be reconnecting all of these to the new machine, as well as adding an additional 4tb external, and a 3tb external both usb 3.0. My main concern is the power supply in the new machine. It comes with a 300 W power supply. I'm no newb to building machines so if parts have to be swapped out that won't be an issue.
Recently bought ( HP ENVY h8-1414 )
AMD Six-Core FX-6120 3.50GHz, 10GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 8 64-bit, AMD Radeon HD 7450 1 GB dedicated graphics card, 6 usb 2.0, 2 usb 3.0
Current System ( HP dv9700t laptop ) old yes I know but its served me 5 years well, and just starting to break down...
Intel Core 2 Duo 2.5 GHz, 4 GB DDR3, 1.25 Total Hd Space, DVDRW, Ubuntu 12.04, Nvidia GT 8600M dedicated graphics, 3 usb 2.0