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    Question Livestream Computer

    Hi Guys!

    Hey I'm wanting to get a computer, whose sole purpose will be to stream a livestream video (so it needs to support flash).

    I bought a Model B+ Raspberry Pi, but the CPU was getting killed and the video lagged

    Can anyone recommend a good, cheap, but powerful enough either laptop, or Desktop Tower, or something of the sort? It needs to have HDMI as it will be streaming straight to a TV.

    I was looking at an Intel NUC, but they aren't very cheap with an OS...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpDesignz View Post
    Hi Guys!

    Hey I'm wanting to get a computer, whose sole purpose will be to stream a livestream video (so it needs to support flash).

    I bought a Model B+ Raspberry Pi, but the CPU was getting killed and the video lagged

    Can anyone recommend a good, cheap, but powerful enough either laptop, or Desktop Tower, or something of the sort? It needs to have HDMI as it will be streaming straight to a TV.

    I was looking at an Intel NUC, but they aren't very cheap with an OS...
    Are you only wanting to stream flash format video or are you wanting to stream mpg video as well.
    We need more details around the streaming of video? Is it for watching movies? A series of sports events? A security camera? Constant streaming of videos off YouTube and Vimeo or what?
    What's your budget?
    Working on a few different projects.

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    Default Re: Livestream Computer

    Minimum System Requirements for Broadcasting Livestream
    from their website
    Pentium Core 2 Duo 2Ghz or Higher
    4GB RAM
    700Kbps upload bandwidth
    Dedicated video card, 256MB VRAM
    Windows XP / Vista
    Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (v20.0.89)
    Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (v20.2.0)




    Recommended System Specifications for Broadcasting

    Quad Core CPU
    4GB RAM
    1500Kbps upload bandwidth
    Dedicated video card, 512MB VRAM
    Windows Vista / Windows 7
    Mac OS X 10.5 or higher (v20.0.89)
    Mac OS X 10.6 or higher (v20.2.0)


    Optimal (for HD Multi-Bitrate Streaming)

    Quad Core i7-2600 series CPU or better
    8GB RAM
    5Mbps or better upload bandwidth
    Dedicated video card, 512MB VRAM
    Windows Vista / Windows 7


    For viewing

    Viewing Broadcasts on Livestream

    Minimum Technical Requirements
    Browser

    Adobe Flash Player 10.0.32 or above
    Internet Explorer 8.0 or above, Firefox 2.0 or above, or Safari 3.0, or Chrome 4.0 or above
    Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista, Macintosh OS X v10.4 or above, or Linux
    256 megabytes (MB) of RAM - 512 MB recommended
    JavaScript and Cookies must also be enabled.
    Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution
    16-bit sound card
    Speakers/headphones

    Internet Connection Speed

    For a reliable viewing experience at medium quality we recommend a downstream connection speed of at least 700Kbps.
    Viewers can select a higher (up to 2Mbps for HD) or lower (198Kbps for low) video quality on the player depending on the connection speed.

    http://www.livestream.com/userguide/...m_requirements
    Last edited by KarameaDave; 16-08-2014 at 01:37 PM.
    FTW

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    Default Re: Livestream Computer

    @webdevguy I purely want to use it only for WATCHING a LIVESTREAM video (new.livestream.com) :-)

    No budget, just want to watch a video. Will be livestreaming an event. Just need 2 USB slots (t-stick and mouse/keyboard) and hdmi out (to tv).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpDesignz View Post
    @webdevguy I purely want to use it only for WATCHING a LIVESTREAM video (new.livestream.com) :-)

    No budget, just want to watch a video. Will be livestreaming an event. Just need 2 USB slots (t-stick and mouse/keyboard) and hdmi out (to tv).
    Ok sweet, well I think that karamea Dave has posted the relevant specs. Not sure if they will lead you to a cheap PC though.
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    Default Re: Livestream Computer

    I've just bought I gigabyte brix. $234 used but needs ram and hdd. So total cost is about 500.

    Includes an amd a8
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    Default Re: Livestream Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by dpDesignz View Post
    @webdevguy I purely want to use it only for WATCHING a LIVESTREAM video (new.livestream.com) :-)

    No budget, just want to watch a video. Will be livestreaming an event. Just need 2 USB slots (t-stick and mouse/keyboard) and hdmi out (to tv).
    I remember watching the skiing )slalom and half pipe) last year at Cardrona on live stream last winter. It was good coverage except for the persistently crappy weather for the duration of the competition. I was watching it on my iMac. But could easily have watched it on my fiances PC laptop.
    Working on a few different projects.

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    Default Re: Livestream Computer

    Quote Originally Posted by psycik View Post
    I've just bought I gigabyte brix. $234 used but needs ram and hdd. So total cost is about 500.

    Includes an amd a8
    Awesome! Where did you get yours from and what OS did you put on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdevguy View Post
    Ok sweet, well I think that karamea Dave has posted the relevant specs. Not sure if they will lead you to a cheap PC though.
    Thanks man. I was actually asking if anyone had any suggestions or advice on what to get. I already had the specs needed after the Pi didn't work

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    Default Re: Livestream Computer

    You could look at one of those ex lease machines that some shops like PB tech seem to have in bulk. Something like this http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=...2Q-2.6GHz--C2D
    They have smaller tidier and cheaper ones, I just filterd for 4GB of RAM and picked one as an example.

    Even if you picked one of the cheaper models and did a RAM upgrade if it needed it. I used to use an optiplex 755 core 2 duo as my media machine and it played/streamed everything I threw at it with ease even before I upped it to 4GB of RAM.
    My foray into coin mining left me with excess hardware though so it got replaced with something faster and I gave it away.
    Ryzen 2700X, 16Gb DDR4RAM, 512GB M.2 NVME SSD, MSI GTX1070

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