So right now I have an E-350 APU based HTPC that's served all of my needs, this little processor has really blown me away for the amount of bang it can make (playing Zelda 64 at 1920x1080 with AA and texture filtering silky smooth)....
Though I've finally found its weakness, for when I try to play fully uncompressed/ripped bluray files, the little guy can't keep up anymore. I can play them on my laptop, and by extension I could plug in my laptop if I want to ever watch blurays I rip myself on our TV but it kind of defeats the purpose of ever buying the HTPC.
So I have 3 possible options I'm considering:
1) Upgrade the micro-ITX internals to maybe a sandy or ivy bridge of some sort (though doing quick pricing...it might not be worth it for what little I gain in actual usage. I'd need a board, CPU, AND memory since my special Sapphire Pure Fusion board runs So-DIMM DDR3 so I cant reuse them )
2)Just use laptop when I want to watch these types of movies
3)Use my desktop to compress them down to a more manageable bitrate that the E350 can handle. I mean, it's not like our projection TV can even make full use of an uncompressed BR since it can only display 1080i. I just want to watch the movie and then delete the massive amount of movie data off my drive.
Feel free to offer up alternative suggestions
Here's the little case I'm working with, the Antec ISK100: