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    Default Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Hi all,

    I am thinking of buying this TV here: https://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/plasma-lcd...-lcd-tv/106038

    I would like to be able to hook it up to a PC and I am thinking of this one: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/BPC...y&ref=pricespy

    Question:
    1) How big is the impact in getting a "cheap-ass" barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen via HDMI? i.e. Is there a limitation in terms of HDMI quality output from Intel® HD Graphics 500 (which is the integrated graphics card in that PC) to a 49 inch screen?
    2) If the answer to the above question is "stay clear away from that PC", what would you recommend as an alternative? The PC is literally only going to be used to power a TV (e.g. display Youtube videos); no programming / gaming / other intensive activities.

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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Well considering I ran a 47" TV off a Raspberry Pi it should work fine.

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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Yup no problem, will work great.
    I ran an older Celeron nuc on a 46" full hd tv and never had any issues.

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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Quote Originally Posted by Renmoo View Post

    I am thinking of buying this TV here: https://shop.jbhifi.co.nz/plasma-lcd...-lcd-tv/106038
    The PC is literally only going to be used to power a TV (e.g. display Youtube videos)
    Nice TV, cheap too.

    Nothing "powers" a TV as such, it has it's own power cord you know.

    TVs generally have lower resolution than monitors. I see it's resolution is good, so OK. If you had a 49" monitor though,m it would beat the pants off the TV.
    But cost a fortune as well, if you could get such a thing.

    For gaming, the PC matters, in particular the GPU>

    You just want to look at video though, so no worries what is connected to the TV
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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Quote Originally Posted by pctek View Post
    Nice TV, cheap too.

    Nothing "powers" a TV as such, it has it's own power cord you know.

    TVs generally have lower resolution than monitors. I see it's resolution is good, so OK. If you had a 49" monitor though,m it would beat the pants off the TV.
    But cost a fortune as well, if you could get such a thing.

    For gaming, the PC matters, in particular the GPU>

    You just want to look at video though, so no worries what is connected to the TV
    On the note of cost - yeah I noticed it is quite cheap for a 49 inch screen. Have to wonder what is "wrong" with it. Perhaps it is getting "out of date" (i.e. no 4k support)

    "Power", in a metaphorical sense of producing data output via integrated graphics card vs. from a dedicated graphics card.

    Yeah, resolution is good enough for me (I don't need 4k - 1080p is good enough).

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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    The reason is it is not a Smart TV but you could add Chromecast to it

    Another option though only 40" but Smart http://www.thewarehouse.co.nz/p/sony...4.html#start=1

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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Yeah, I will use a Chromecast if required. At risk of being told to Google up myself - does Chromecast have any form of WiFi connection?

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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Don't have Chromecast but just plug it in to TV

    You need the Chrome Browser on your device(multi platform) and cast to TV,plenty of vid's out there to show you

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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Will work fine but is a bit marginal in a couple of areas, I use an i3 NUC myself which is a bit more powerful and it never breaks a sweat. However 32GB with windows 10 on it will leaver you bugger all space to install anything and 2GB of RAM is a bit low even for what you want to do. It'll work but don't expect to multitask or open lots of browser tabs. I had a tablet with similar specs and to be fair it worked really well, but even upgrading from windows 8 to 10 with 32GB of OS drive proved to be problematic (managed but I forget exactly how). It just doesn't give you room to work in.

    The TV is probably cheap because it's a plasma and they are disappearing in favour of various LED technologies, probably clearing old stock. Which is a shame because in may ways plasma is better. I have a Samsung 60" plasma running of an i3 NUC with a 120GB SSD and 8GB RAM in it and it's awesome.
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    Default Re: Barebone PC to power a 49 inch screen

    Many Android and iOS apps that do video that are worth having support Chromecast too. Only need Chrome if casting from a PC.

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