Steam/Media Center PC
Ive got a dell optiplex 740, AMD Athlon 64 3800+, 5 gb ram pc2700 ddr2, 1tb 7200rpm HDD, and an ASUS GeForce 210 1GB pci-e video card. Works for all the high def movies, but it is a little laggy on steam games (dungeon defenders and meltdown) that dont require heavy graphics. No, not laggy because of internet. Lags even in offline mode.
Im open to buying a whole new system, budget of 5-700, but also willing (and ABLE) to upgrade my current media pc. I do have a MBP so Im also open to mac mini server(2012 model i7), but unsure how much better the graphics card (hd 4000) is than my early 2011 mbp 13" (hd 3000 512mb) with 8gb ram. Just need HDMI out which every video card these days seems to have.
I dont need crazy graphics, the games i play are fairly low in requirements.
OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later.
Processor: 1.3 GHz Intel CPU
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 3 GB
Video Card: Open GL 2.1 / Shader Model 3 capable graphics card with 256 MB video RAM
OS: Windows 7
Processor: 2Ghz Dual-Core CPU
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard Disk Space: 2GB
Video Card: Graphics Card with Shader Model 3 support, 512 MB video memory
Sound: DirectSound-compatible sound device
I seem to have these recommendations but on "ultra high" or "high" video quality it lags hard and I need to drop "post processing" and picture quality - both of which diminish an already low quality game.
Ive seen the alienware "steam machines" they have out, and also scoped out the branded Steam Alienware machines launching in november, but dont know how well they would work for downloaded videos.
Help appreciated. Sarcasm/asinine comments expected.