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Pros: I can play any of the movies I have on my server. Bluray or dvd. AMD picks up the HDMI and handles both video and audio (I installed the realtek drivers but let Radeon 6310 drivers handle the heavy lifting. I don't use the wireless. Realtek handles the wired network too. No skip or hesitation using Windows 8 64bit
Cons: I always want the fastest, even when I don't need it. If you want to play any kind of video over an Ethernet network this setup does the job without skipping or hesitation.
Other Thoughts: Win8 score:
Windows 8 64 bit Performance Score:
Memory-5.7 (8G RAM)
Primary Hard Disk-7.6 (ADATA SP900 64G)
Primary movie player: Total media 3 (32bit)
Secondary media player: MPC-HC (32bit)
This review is from: SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply New 4th Gen CPU Certified Haswell Ready
Cons: It died after 5 months. My system isn't very demanding either and had a reputable power surge device to protect it. I was lured by the "Gold" Rating.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: NETGEAR XAVB2501-100NAS Powerline AV+ 200 Adapter Kit Up to 200Mbps
Pros: Works instantly, no need to use the cd that comes with it. Plugged one into my router, the other into a linux machine in the basement that I use as a server (before had a weak signal) now I can stream bluray to my HTPC without a hitch.
Cons: Wish it were cheaper and could set up Samba for me.READ FULL REVIEW