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Upgrading htpc - 4k future proof? advise


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#1 Soupynj

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Posted 12 June 2016 - 07:30 PM

Hey everyone new to this site looking for some help and advise.

I built my htpc abit ago running amd 5350 cpu with GIGABYTE GA-AM1M-S2H AM1 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard.

I run a plex server streaming to my roku 2 and ps4. Now I download this video I found online also on youtube to test how good my transcoding etc would be but it will play but has some buffering issue on my pc says cpu isn't powerful enough. I would assume this is all on my cpu not my roku/ps4

My question is at this time is it worth upgrading now for 4k content? I've read mix things on this if not what is a good cpu mobo to go with I do like amd over intel but overall isn't a huge deal. Looking for something with low watts and pretty silent.

Thanks to whomever can help.

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Posted 13 June 2016 - 10:46 AM

Cannot load that video so hard to say what's problem. But I expect that GPU is too weak, as AM1 is meant for only very basic use. Add PCI Express video card and I expect it can better run videos.



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Posted 13 June 2016 - 06:20 PM

Plex doesn't use GPU though everything is from CPU,

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 07:41 AM

Plex doesn't use GPU though everything is from CPU,

 

It seems to be so, unless you want to change software, then you need better CPU. FM2+ APU's offer decent CPU with GPU on same package. Perhaps in the future Plex will support GPU also. Also AM4 platform should come soon.



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 02:46 PM

What would you recommend for for cpu

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 02:54 PM

What would you recommend for for cpu

 

If you can wait for about a month or so, Socket AM4 offers good upgrade path.

 

If not, then Socket FM2+ is good choice. APU for example A8-7600.

 

Of course, CPU choice depends on how heavily you plan to use Plex.



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 02:57 PM

I stream to about 3 TVs usually it's only one running at once

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Posted 14 June 2016 - 03:59 PM

I stream to about 3 TVs usually it's only one running at once

 

CPU wise A8-7600 can do that easily. It's also quite cheap and can do some gaming also and have somewhat good GPU in case Plex adds future GPU use support.



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Posted 14 June 2016 - 04:42 PM


I stream to about 3 TVs usually it's only one running at once

 
CPU wise A8-7600 can do that easily. It's also quite cheap and can do some gaming also and have somewhat good GPU in case Plex adds future GPU use support.

Thanks for your help , regarding motherboard would the one I currently use work with that CPU you suggest ? Also with do I have to re format after a new CPU and mobo is installed


I stream to about 3 TVs usually it's only one running at once

 
CPU wise A8-7600 can do that easily. It's also quite cheap and can do some gaming also and have somewhat good GPU in case Plex adds future GPU use support.

Thanks for your help , regarding motherboard would the one I currently use work with that CPU you suggest ? Also with do I have to re format after a new CPU and mobo is installed

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Posted 15 June 2016 - 06:59 AM

Thanks for your help , regarding motherboard would the one I currently use work with that CPU you suggest ? Also with do I have to re format after a new CPU and mobo is installed


No, that requires Socket FM2+ motherboard. Not compatible with AM1 socket. I always recommend Windows reinstall after upgrading motherboard, but it's not mandatory. Virtually any FM2+ motherboard is OK for that APU.




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