Update HTPC?

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  1. Sledge

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    So i have a file that has these specs: 2160p UHD BluRay x265
    But playing it maxes out the cpu (i3-2120) and i get stuttering..
    What should i do to fix this? install a video card that will decode this better?
    Or upgrade the CPU?

    Edit: Just tried the same file on a PC with an i5 3570 and while it did play it fine, the CPU on that is also running fairly high (about 90%)
     
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    Don't quote me but I think the 10xx series cards do x265 10bit 4k hardware decoding.
     
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    oops. sorry for the quote.... ;)

    Yeah that's why i'm looking at the above.. but, will it be enough? It should be right?
    I'm considering having the HDMI cable going from that to the TV, and i assume i should be able to have the audio passed to the receiver, but i've never done that and i don't know how...
    TV is an LG 65UF850T
    http://www.lg.com/au/tvs/lg-65UF850T

    Would the TVs ARC passthrough HD audio etc?
     
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    Should work, I have mine set up the same way without any issue.
     
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    Why wouldn't you go from HTPC to receiver - receiver to TV? Thats the point of a receiver, its the central point, everything goes to it and then a single connection out to the TV?
     
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    TV is 4k
    Receiver isn't
     
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    AAhh makes sense then - so does that mean that the TV will only send DTS/DD back to the receiver via ARC and not HD Audio?
     
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    seems that might be the case..
    i should be able to use 2x HDMI to sort it out though
    1 to the TV for 4k video through new video card
    1 to the receiver for HD audio etc through current iGPU

    pretty crap that a fairly new TV can't passthrough HD audio though

    But i guess next step eventually when one of my receivers die, i'll get a new 4k one
     
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  10. flu!d

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    Hence one of the reasons why I'm happy to stick to 1080p/1080p upscaled to 4k, there's not a chance I'm letting go of this Pioneer VSX LX-60 for any of the newer garbage - This things built like a tank and sounds amazing.
     
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    Bit late to the party but...
    I upgraded to a gtx1050 in my htpc for the same reason, hardware x265 decoding which now plays back 2160p perfectly on an old q9900.

    The issue I have now is with HDR content, in Windows you need to use MadVR which kills the q9900 and only just plays smooth on an i7-930 @80-90% CPU.
     
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    I believe most video cards will let you output to 2 different devices, especially nVidia. HDMI can go to the TV directly. DVI to HDMI adapter output to the receiver, and you can select where you want the sound to go. No need to worry about ARC not sending HD audio tracks.
    This is the path I'm looking to go down in the next 6 months as my receiver is 4k but only 1.4b I believe, so 4k but no HDR. I would have to split everything up, but that shouldn't be too hard.
     
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    flu!d Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS

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    I've never thought about this before, great idea! Keep us informed as to how well it works.
     

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