Chrispy_ wrote:Hi, pretty much anything with an HDMI 2.0 port should work. You could hop into best buy and look for HDMI 2.0 in the specs on the labels, or you could get something with a graphics card that you know has HDMI 2.0 connectors - like the Geforce GT 1030 which all (to the best of my knowledge) have HDMI 2.0b support.
The CPU or GPU on any modern system should be capable of decoding H.264 and H.265 streams at 4K 60fps with fixed function hardware, so the problem is largely about making sure that the socket on the computer is at least HDMI 2.0, and that the socket on the TV is at least HDMI 2.0 (not all HDMI sockets on a TV are equal!) and then that the cable is good enough (read: short enough - you don't need to spend lots of money on cables) for 4K60.
Gaming at 4K is more demanding, but anything modern with 4GB of VRAM should be adequate. 4GB GTX 1050Ti is probably the cheapest card you can get away with, and I know for a fact that it'll run Skyrim (2011) at 4K Ultra settings at around 35-40fps. That's probably a newer and more demanding game than you were thinking about, but it's one I can remember off the top of my head and it'll give you an idea of where the limit is for something like a 1050Ti at 4K. You'd get 60fps by dropping down to 1440p or possibly lowering some in-game details.
aleckermit wrote:Thank you for all of the suggestions! I should have mentioned my budget: $500-$600. There's a guy on Ebay selling a tower with the following specs for $600:
Ryzen 3 1200 CPU
GTX 1050ti 4gb GPU
60gb SSD and 500gb HDD storage
Perhaps I can build this myself for less, and with you guys's suggestions change some of these parts out for better ones.
DPete27 wrote:Isn't it still better/easier to have a BluRay set-top box for playing BluRay discs?
..I feel like I can get away with a dinkier CPU perhaps, while still playing older games in 4k?
JustAnEngineer wrote:I really suggest that you should get a case that accepts full-height expansion cards. If you ever do want to install a graphics card, the full-height options are cheaper, perform better and run more quietly than the half-height versions.
aleckermit wrote:JustAnEngineer wrote:I really suggest that you should get a case that accepts full-height expansion cards. If you ever do want to install a graphics card, the full-height options are cheaper, perform better and run more quietly than the half-height versions.
If you can find a one that sits horizontally in a home entertainment shelf, I would definitely consider it!