Buying a mini computer, installing Windows 11, and streaming movies online


Jay Chapel

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I enjoy surfing the web and streaming movies, particularly old ones. I am tired of hooking my laptop up to the tv. I read about mini computers which seem confusing. What I think I need is CPU running at least 3 GHz, RAM around 6-8 gigs and an OS to operate the computer, which I assume would be Windows 11 as that is the system I have the most familiarity with. When I bought a MAC for my son, I glanced at a pad and was told that it could not download anything, only certain apps. I don't know if I need to download to watch a movie, I don't now on my desktop. My real confusion is whether a mini computer is a desktop that is smaller or is something less, i.e., it is missing something. I would prefer to use an HDMI connection. I frankly don't know if the speed and memory is correct or not but it seemed reasonable to me. I do not intend to use the computer for any other purpose.

I would like to spend under $250 for the computer and software. I assume I will need a keyboard and mouse which is easy. I have been completely at a loss trying to evaluate the units which cost anywhere from $149.95 up to that of a Mini Cooper. I realize I could buy a used laptop but would love to have something small and easily hidden, probably behind the flat screen with nothing to touch on the unit, remote off/on and bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Any suggestions would be most welcomed.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 7700
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. Model 0VHXCD (U3E1)
    Memory
    KINGSTON SQ500S37480G (SSD)
Something like this would meet all your requirements for attaching to your TV and hiding the PC itself. And it's also useful as a computer if you need it someday for something other than streaming your movies.

 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
You might also look at the Lenovo "Tiny" line, but make sure it has an HDMI port. Refurbs from businesses are really good buys.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
Hi Jay Chapel, welcome to the ElevenForums 🙏

When you mentioned an iPad, I don’t know of a streaming service that doesn’t have an iPad app for it. Are you wanting to stream movies from a streaming service or movies from your laptop?

If you’re wanting to steam movies from your laptop to your TV (or even an iPad) you can do so wirelessly, you might want to look into Plex Media Server
If you have a smart TV there is most likely a Plex App for it, there is also one for Android and Apple devices and of course, Windows, because that’s where your movies would be? On your laptop? Plex media server turns your PC or Laptop into a media server of sorts.
As long as everything is using the same wireless (or wired) network it works well. (It can also work remotely)

If you’re just wanting to use streaming services like Netflix etc, there is an app for pretty much all devices. Not sure why the mini PC?
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
@antspants
would love to have something small and easily hidden, probably behind the flat screen with nothing to touch on the unit, remote off/on and bluetooth keyboard and mouse.
Yes, Jay, I'll add my "welcome' to the one my good friend antspants offered. It's a great forum.
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
Just as easy to sit a laptop flat next to a TV (or by your sofa) as it is trying to hide a Mini PC behind a TV. And of course you’d need access to it. Plus you’d need a monitor, where is that going to go? Or is the TV your monitor? Seems problematic, no?
And a laptop is used anyway? I must be missing something.
Regardless, PLEX could turn your “Mini PC” into a media Server.
You just tell PLEX which folders/drive your movies are on.

You don’t need to use PLEX, there are other ways to make your PC/Laptop act as a media server.

edit; Just to mention again, a media server setup like PLEX, you don’t need cables, you can just wirelessly stream to your tv. If you’re going to be using a wireless keyboard/mouse for your Mini PC, you may as be using a Laptop, zero cables.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
I don't know if I need to download to watch a movie, I don't now on my desktop.
Could you explain how you watch a movie on your desktop if:
A) You haven’t downloaded it. Or
B) You aren’t streaming from a streaming service?
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I enjoy surfing the web and streaming movies, particularly old ones. I am tired of hooking my laptop up to the tv. I read about mini computers which seem confusing. What I think I need is CPU running at least 3 GHz, RAM around 6-8 gigs and an OS to operate the computer, which I assume would be Windows 11 as that is the system I have the most familiarity with. When I bought a MAC for my son, I glanced at a pad and was told that it could not download anything, only certain apps. I don't know if I need to download to watch a movie, I don't now on my desktop. My real confusion is whether a mini computer is a desktop that is smaller or is something less, i.e., it is missing something. I would prefer to use an HDMI connection. I frankly don't know if the speed and memory is correct or not but it seemed reasonable to me. I do not intend to use the computer for any other purpose.

I would like to spend under $250 for the computer and software. I assume I will need a keyboard and mouse which is easy. I have been completely at a loss trying to evaluate the units which cost anywhere from $149.95 up to that of a Mini Cooper. I realize I could buy a used laptop but would love to have something small and easily hidden, probably behind the flat screen with nothing to touch on the unit, remote off/on and bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

Any suggestions would be most welcomed.
Hi there
Simple easy way

just get an Amazon firestick (even the cheapish one's are OK) and sideload Kodi on it.

forget 250 USD -- firestick far cheaper solution - and you don't need any server software on your remote device -- just the multi-media files which kodi can play almost any codec. Free software too.

I have 3 of these devices in my TV's in the house all receiving data from the remote computer. In addition these firesticks can have things like BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prome, Netflix etc on them so a really good way IMO of solving this problem.

Plug into TV

use Kodi to browse your laptop / computer etc for mukti-media files and play them.

Even works for "Non smart TV's". Any TV with an HDMI input connection will work. Firestick gets it's thing via internet --either LAN or wifi.

No servers or whatever required --

Also a suggestion -- if you use things like redfox to rip DVD's to iso's -- then stick to release 19,X of kodi as 21.0 seems to have problems playing DVD ripped Iso's . If you don't want to play ripped DVD' remotely on the TV then the latest release is fine.


Here's the link on how to how to sideload kodi on to a firestick -- use the kodi site not all the other solutions :

forget all the other places --this one is the real deal -- forget places like "troy..." etc


(If you want the 19.x release it's still available -- and remember most firestick's need you to select from the download either the 32 or 64 bit ARM version of the software (for android -- usually a .apk package). The install process is very simple if you follow the instructions.

If you want to live stream then for some things you might need the iptc addin -- but some channels stream anyway so no ptobs usually.

cheers
jimbo
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows XP,7,10,11 Linux Arch Linux
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    2 X Intel i7
@jimbo45
I'm getting a "page not found" for that link.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
Because it’s lost, MIA, Kaput, In hiding, 6 feet under… it swims with the fish

Somebody's in a great mood today, and I thought that particular somebody was feeling under the weather today. ⁉️
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i7-9700 @ 3.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GBDDR4 @ 2666MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG E2442
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS 500GB NVMe SSD, 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    250GB NVMe SSD (OS and programs), 1 x WD_BLACK SN770
    500GB NVMe SSD (Data)
    Case
    Lenovo SFF
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome, sometimes Firefox
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium & Defender (working together beautifully!)
  • Operating System
    11 Pro 23H2 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo ThinkCentre M920S SFF
    CPU
    i5-8400 @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Lenovo 3132
    Memory
    32GB DDR4 @ 2600MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel HD 630 Graphics onboard
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG FULL HD (1920x1080@59Hz)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 x Samsung 970 EVO PLUS NVMe; 1 x Samsung 980 NVMe SSD
    Case
    Lenovo Think Centre SFF
    Mouse
    LogiTech M510 wireless
    Keyboard
    Cherry Stream TKL JK-8600US-2 Wired
    Internet Speed
    Fast (for fixed wireless!)
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    Malwarebytes Premium and MS Defender, beautiful together
Somebody's in a great mood today, and I thought that particular somebody was feeling under the weather today. ⁉️
I have 2 buckets next to my bed, i’m upchucking every time I drink water, I wont tell you what the other bucket is for.
besides, I’m a clown at the best of times. ❤️

P.S. And I’m streaming movies from my PC to my Laptop iPad using PLEX lol

P.P.S And it’s 10 past 4 in the morning. I’m so tired.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3374
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.
I am using an Intel NUC 13 and it runs great on LInux, I had Win 11 on it and it also ran good. I know that Intel is not building any more and they turned it over to ASUS. But one can find deals on them, another good one is Minusforum or some such name. It is quiet as a mouse.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Digital Storm Velox
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-10940X
    Motherboard
    MSI X299 PRO (Intel X299 Chipset) (Up to 4x PCI-E Devices)
    Memory
    128 GB DDR4 3200 MHz Corsair Vengance LPX
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black
    Sound Card
    Integrated Motherboard Audio-Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CORSAIR XENEON 32QHD165
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    2 Samsung 980 Pro NVME 2TB
    1x Storage (6TB Western Digital
    PSU
    Corsair / EVGA / Thermaltake (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
    Case
    VELOX
    Cooling
    H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Dual Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
    Keyboard
    Corsair K63 Wireless
    Mouse
    Corsair NIGHTSWORD RGB
    Internet Speed
    1000Gb's Down-20 Up
    Browser
    Firefox 126.0
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Cyber power CP1350AVRLCD -UPS
    NVIDIA 552.44 Driver
  • Operating System
    Arch Linux
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC13ANHi3
    CPU
    Intel Core i3 1315u
    Motherboard
    NUC13AN
    Memory
    64GB GSKILL DDR4 3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel On Board
    Sound Card
    Intel on Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 2419HGCF
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Crucial M2NVME
    PSU
    External 90 Watt
    Case
    NUC Tall
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Razer
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    1GB
    Browser
    Slimjet 43.0.1.0
    Other Info
    quiet & fast
I have 2 buckets next to my bed, i’m upchucking every time I drink water, I wont tell you what the other bucket is for.
besides, I’m a clown at the best of times. ❤️

P.S. And I’m streaming movies from my PC to my Laptop iPad using PLEX lol

P.P.S And it’s 10 past 4 in the morning. I’m so tired.
I hope you get better soon. 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Pro 22631.3593
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Digital Storm Velox
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-10940X
    Motherboard
    MSI X299 PRO (Intel X299 Chipset) (Up to 4x PCI-E Devices)
    Memory
    128 GB DDR4 3200 MHz Corsair Vengance LPX
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black
    Sound Card
    Integrated Motherboard Audio-Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CORSAIR XENEON 32QHD165
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    2 Samsung 980 Pro NVME 2TB
    1x Storage (6TB Western Digital
    PSU
    Corsair / EVGA / Thermaltake (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)
    Case
    VELOX
    Cooling
    H20: Stage 2: Digital Storm Vortex Liquid CPU Cooler (Dual Fan) (Fully Sealed + No Maintenance)
    Keyboard
    Corsair K63 Wireless
    Mouse
    Corsair NIGHTSWORD RGB
    Internet Speed
    1000Gb's Down-20 Up
    Browser
    Firefox 126.0
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    Cyber power CP1350AVRLCD -UPS
    NVIDIA 552.44 Driver
  • Operating System
    Arch Linux
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Intel NUC13ANHi3
    CPU
    Intel Core i3 1315u
    Motherboard
    NUC13AN
    Memory
    64GB GSKILL DDR4 3200
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel On Board
    Sound Card
    Intel on Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 2419HGCF
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Crucial M2NVME
    PSU
    External 90 Watt
    Case
    NUC Tall
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    Razer
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    1GB
    Browser
    Slimjet 43.0.1.0
    Other Info
    quiet & fast
Could you explain how you watch a movie on your desktop if:
A) You haven’t downloaded it. Or
B) You aren’t streaming from a streaming service?
I stream movies on my desktop computer which is in a large family room in the basement. I thought about running an HDMI cable using the 2.0 variety or a signal booster from my computer to the tv in the basement (it's over 40 feet) but decided to commit to watching upstairs. We have a large screen tv upstairs and I want a dedicated server to go online and have enough ram to cache a movie and watch it. Plugins to my knowledge are limited to those "websites" contained in the device. So, we have Roku on a tv in a bedroom but are there is no way one can go online, find a website and watch a movie unless it is Netflix, etc. One can find an "app" that is the internet but trying to use that as a way to search the net is impossible.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 7700
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. Model 0VHXCD (U3E1)
    Memory
    KINGSTON SQ500S37480G (SSD)
Hi there
Simple easy way

just get an Amazon firestick (even the cheapish one's are OK) and sideload Kodi on it.

forget 250 USD -- firestick far cheaper solution - and you don't need any server software on your remote device -- just the multi-media files which kodi can play almost any codec. Free software too.

I have 3 of these devices in my TV's in the house all receiving data from the remote computer. In addition these firesticks can have things like BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prome, Netflix etc on them so a really good way IMO of solving this problem.

Plug into TV

use Kodi to browse your laptop / computer etc for mukti-media files and play them.

Even works for "Non smart TV's". Any TV with an HDMI input connection will work. Firestick gets it's thing via internet --either LAN or wifi.

No servers or whatever required --

Also a suggestion -- if you use things like redfox to rip DVD's to iso's -- then stick to release 19,X of kodi as 21.0 seems to have problems playing DVD ripped Iso's . If you don't want to play ripped DVD' remotely on the TV then the latest release is fine.


Here's the link on how to how to sideload kodi on to a firestick -- use the kodi site not all the other solutions :

forget all the other places --this one is the real deal -- forget places like "troy..." etc


(If you want the 19.x release it's still available -- and remember most firestick's need you to select from the download either the 32 or 64 bit ARM version of the software (for android -- usually a .apk package). The install process is very simple if you follow the instructions.

If you want to live stream then for some things you might need the iptc addin -- but some channels stream anyway so no ptobs usually.

cheers
jimbo
We have a stick but it only works for specific websites or apps. I want to go online, find a website that streams classic films and watch it. Essentially I want to watch my computer on my tv. A mini computer appears to be far less money. Finding a good prosessor, memory, loading Windows, I'm home, I think. I just don't know what to buy as the basic mini computer device.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 7700
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. Model 0VHXCD (U3E1)
    Memory
    KINGSTON SQ500S37480G (SSD)

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 7700
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. Model 0VHXCD (U3E1)
    Memory
    KINGSTON SQ500S37480G (SSD)
Hi Jay Chapel, welcome to the ElevenForums 🙏

When you mentioned an iPad, I don’t know of a streaming service that doesn’t have an iPad app for it. Are you wanting to stream movies from a streaming service or movies from your laptop?

If you’re wanting to steam movies from your laptop to your TV (or even an iPad) you can do so wirelessly, you might want to look into Plex Media Server
If you have a smart TV there is most likely a Plex App for it, there is also one for Android and Apple devices and of course, Windows, because that’s where your movies would be? On your laptop? Plex media server turns your PC or Laptop into a media server of sorts.
As long as everything is using the same wireless (or wired) network it works well. (It can also work remotely)

If you’re just wanting to use streaming services like Netflix etc, there is an app for pretty much all devices. Not sure why the mini PC?
I was looking at an Ipad because it was next to full blown MAC laptop, which I bought. It was the first time I had ever seen a "computer" limited to what it could download, a concept that I don't care for, but something that sounds exactly like something Apple would do. Our newer big screen is smart, but we have others that are not. My thought was to have a mini computer linked to the tv with an HDMI cable, run the computer using bluetooth mouse and keyboard, go online and find websites featuring classic films and watch them. It's the "surfing" issue that makes me think I need a computer and not a plug in, stick, Roku, etc. We have Roku on the tv I want to hook the mini computer up to. But no one in their right minds tries surfing the web using Roku.

To put it another way, I want to use my tv as a computer monitor. I have the tv. I need the computer. I don't want to buy a massive computer to serve a single purpose: streaming movies. So, what is the box to buy that will run a mouse and keyboard using bluetooth, use Windows 11 and easily connect to any tv with an HDMI input? I've seen several mini computers with Windows, one suggestion is in a response here. I simply have no understanding how to evaluate the unit. I am also not totally comfortable that I know all I need to know about how to do this using an external device except I am pretty sure a "plug in" will not work. It's like having a push button radio. I don't want the pre set push buttons. I want a "dial" that allows me to get all the stations. There might be a "classic" movie app but there are several classic movie websites or other websites that we might enjoy watching that no app would access. We usually hook up a laptop to a bluetooth speaker and listen to Accuradio for parties on our deck. If I had a hookup to the stereo, I could stream the station and feed it through the speakers instead. I have already bought two laptops and a desktop computer for my family. I would like to spend as little as possible as I think I have donated to the advancement of Apple and Dell profits enough to last a lifetime.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Home
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 7700
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. Model 0VHXCD (U3E1)
    Memory
    KINGSTON SQ500S37480G (SSD)
I just run an HDMI cable from my video card out of my PC, to an HDMI into the back of my tv. This way I can go to any free tv or movie site on my PC and watch the video on my tv. Places like The Flixer has lots of new and old free tv and movies. I watch a lot of the old tv shows, Wagon Train, Rifleman, etc. but they have lot of great movies also, and the ads, are not that bad at all, they work great for a men's room break. (y)

I also have a nice big Samsung 4K monitor if I just want to sit at my PC desk and watch the same, but laying on the couch, is a lot more comfy. I have a nice 1080 older model Samsung smart tv, that I'm hooked up to, and really, there's not hardly any difference "if any" in the picture on my Samsung 4k monitor, and my tv, mostly because I don't watch many 4k or even see many 4k tv shows. So for now, I'll just stick with my Samsung 1080 smart tv.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    11 Pro 23H2 & 11 Pro 24H2 & LTSB Enterprise.
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Alienware PC
    CPU
    Intel i7 4790K
    Motherboard
    ASROCK Z97 EXTREME4
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 7770 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    SAMSUNG UE57 Series 28-Inch 4K UHD
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG 970 EVO PLUS M.2
    PSU
    EVGA 850 watt
    Case
    Alienware Area 51 Black Tower Case
    Keyboard
    HyperX - Alloy Elite 2 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.
    Mouse
    Microsoft Wireless
    Internet Speed
    1.2 GHz
    Browser
    Chrome
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