Having a home theatre is no longer a luxury available only to a select few. The price of high-end tech is on its all-time low and nearly anyone can afford a top-notch monitor and a quality stereo system, if not in cash then via credit card payments. However, people get too preoccupied with investing in these two things that they forget that the clarity of the picture also depends on your computer.
Where you play the movie matters equally as much as where you display it.
With this in mind, here are some tips you should have in mind when buying a computer for your home theatre system.
Even though this is not a priority when choosing a solid computer configuration, physical properties also play a part in your home theatre system. For example, when they overheat, computers can be very noisy.
Needless to say, this is not something you want to hear when you are trying to get immersed into a movie scene. Because of this, you need to find a way to silence it a bit, by cooling it down.
Dusting its fans might be a great idea, but also check the functionality, since the overheating may be caused by a dead fan. Additionally, you could also turn up your AC in order to lower the room’s temperature and therefore slow down this heating process in general.
The next physical property you might be concerned with is the size of the computer. Now, this is not something that bothers a lot of people, but it can be quite convenient if you can just fit it into a cabinet and make it look like a part of the design.
As for component specifics, this is something that is greatly going to determine the price. For a gaming PC or a VR-ready computer, you would have to pay at least $2000. Luckily, in an interview with people from Universal Home Theatre, we learned that you don’t have to sell an arm and a leg to get a great movie-watching computer.
Sure, some video games can be larger than 40GB, but if you just want to watch movies and delete them afterwards, virtually any HDD would do. Still, having at least 1TB is advised, just to be safe. On the other hand, having enough RAM memory is absolutely vital and 4GB usually does the trick.
The two most important components of your home theatre computer are GPU and CPU, colloquially known as a graphic card and a processor. Greater resolution will require both of them to be stronger, but even an integrated GPU can do the trick (all you should care about is what drivers it supports).
For your CPU, it is vital that you have at least a dual or a quad-core.
One last thing, the cable you use to connect your computer to the monitor matters as well, and going for HDMI offers a higher-quality entertainment experience. This audio/video interface is specially designed to provide the highest possible uncompressed video and audio quality. Such a thing can be particularly effective for those who want to enjoy movies in Blu-ray.
Finally, if you don’t have a HDMI port on your monitor, you can easily find adapters for both VGA and DVI.
So Many Options
Finally, no one said that you must watch movies in your home theatre. You can always decide to make a home theater to enhance your gaming experience. With the launch of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, you can also turn the room into a digital world getaway. Needless to say, buying a computer worthy of these two options is going to cost a fortune.
Still, you could simply invest in a TV tuner or video capture card and simply watch TV in this way.
Buying an adequate component is a necessary step in building your home theatre. It would be simply defeating to set up everything perfectly only to find that your decade old PC simply doesn’t support 1080p videos.
Prepare in time for this, do your fair share of research and don’t try to save money on your home theatre by buying an inferior computer.
About the author:
Mathews McGarry is passionate about many forms of strength training, and has spent years lifting, dragging and flipping all manner of heavy objects. After graduating from the Faculty of Health Sciences, he started writing about his experiences, and sharing tips for a better life. He is an all-around fitness adviser and his words are strong as an Australian Bull. Check out his blog at Ripped.me.