PC hardware forum: Advice on specifications for computer used for TV viewing?

by: Dwighttbp December 16, 2012 9:43 AM PST

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Advice on specifications for computer used for TV viewing?

by Dwighttbp - 12/16/12 9:43 AM

We have an eight year old Gateway tower (OS = Win XP) hooked up to our Samsung flat screen TV and watch all our TV and movies through our Internet hook-up (Hulu, Netflix, sports through random free sites...etc.)

This is working well for us and we're very happy with the set-up except that the Gateway is so weak, we need to upgrade.

Questions for those who know about these things:

1. Given that all we care about for this computer is internet/wireless speed and video and sound quality, what specifications should I be looking for in a new tower? What processor speed/capacity, RAM memory, sound, video and wireless cards, will maximize the quality of our viewing?

FYI- we live in a rural area where our Internet service is limited to 6 MBPS max (right now it runs about 1.5 to 2 MBPS but will soon be upgraded (in theory) to be closer to the 6 MBPS max).

We will also want to play DVD's through the DVD drive that the new computer should have. We do not need a TV tuner. We do not play video games. And I also assume we will not need much hard drive capacity but maybe I'm forgetting something?

2. What operating system should we get? I'm inclined to get Win 7 because Win 8 seems like overkill for what we need. Plus my wife is very frustrated by changes brought about by periodic software upgrades. Win 8 looks like nightmare to her. But I worry that we lose out in the future by not starting off with the latest OS when available.

Any help on any of this would be greatly appreciated- thanks!

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