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What is required for 4K displays (movies, light gaming)

fullmetalmage

42 months ago

Good friend of mine wants me to build him a PC. He wants to be able to play blu ray movies and stuff on a 4K display, and then have some light gaming capability but gaming is NOT a priority for him, mainly 4K movies. What kind of hardware would he need? Just a powerful GPU I take? Maybe a GTX 970?

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, to run 4k from a PC for non-gaming and non-rendering uses, it'll usually only take a 4k compatible motherboard. The Skylake processors all come with an iGPU capable of running general-use at 4k, which includes streaming movies.

If gaming comes into the equation, you'd need a pretty strong GPU depending on the games in question. Or if your friend is okay running games at lower resolution on the 4k display, then you can get away with a much less expensive GPU.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

For example, a non-gaming setup like this can stream 4k video. Make a note that the motherboard must have DisplayPort or HDMI 2.0 in order to run 4k at 60Hz.

However, if you were to try to run a game on this, you'd be lucky to get past the loading screen. The iGPU is not meant for gaming.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G4400 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor $58.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Asus B150M-C/CSM Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $83.99 @ SuperBiiz
Memory Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $48.99 @ Amazon
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $298.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-06 00:00 EST-0500
  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Fair point, didn't know igpus this gen could handle 4K videos until recently but it makes sense since I'd imagine console gamers could also use 4K games by simply plugging them to a 4K tv or something and then achieve similar results?

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  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah, there are games that will run on the iGPU, but I meant gaming in the more popular sense, the AAA titles, ya know.

I'm actually very impressed by the Skylake iGPUs. The ones on the i3 and stronger are capable of outperforming a 250.

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Would it be an equally fair option to run a GTX 960 on a Haswell Refresh line like a 4460 so he can still do light games and possibly something as graphically intensive like Rocket League and stream/play blu Ray movies at 4K?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm not sure how much power is needed to run Rocket League at 4k, but looking at the 1080p requirements, I think adding in a 960 with an i5 would be reasonable for that. Any GPU that's at least as strong as a 750 can handle 4k resolution for video streaming without a problem, so I think something like this would be great. Did you have a budget in mind?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock B150M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $57.99 @ Amazon
Memory Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card $199.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $45.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $650.73
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-06 02:52 EST-0500
  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

He's said $1000 mainly but can stretch it for a worthy machine for years. He did mention something about 4K blu Ray players, so I'm not sure if that actually comes into play here.

Wouldn't someone just add a blu Ray drive to their setup, connect a 4K monitor and a capable card or even integrated GPU and play it there for 4K movies?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

For solely playing 4k movies, the first list I suggested with a blu ray drive added would be sufficient.

For gaming rocket league at 4k, a similar setup to the most recent suggestion I made with a blu ray player should be sufficient.

For getting more towards the common or AAA titles at 4k, you'd need to go more towards $1k, or over if you want really good performance. But this is a start for a modern 4k gaming build

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $199.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock B150M-HDV Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $57.99 @ Amazon
Memory Avexir Budget Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $29.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $46.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB WINDFORCE 3X Video Card $599.99 @ Amazon
Case Corsair Carbide SPEC-M2 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $45.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply SeaSonic G 550W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $69.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer $48.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $1099.61
Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-03-06 20:12 EST-0500
  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you very much for the input! Do you know anything about sound cards? I started discussion HERE about the best utilization of $ for my buddy. He did mention wanting a sound card

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

If he wants to play over 60hz he will need two GTX X80 Pascal cards in SLI

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Minimum like say dual 780s? Or absolutely 980s? Or maybe an R9 390 would be enough?

Talking maybe high on 4K?

  • 42 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting high on 4k for AAA titles will require at least two of some of the strongest GPUs available

  • 41 months ago
  • 1 point

For 60 FPS on high settings for 4k you are going to want 2 980 Ti's most likely. If you are happy to drop down to 30-40 FPS then you could get away with a single one probably but that's not guaranteed.

Once pascal comes out though you should be able to handle 4k on a single top tier card.

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