So i've just purchased a new house and one of the projects we have queued up is to upgrade from our 720p Samsung to a 4K TV (bout time) I know.
Right now I've got a freenas box running Plex Media Server with a basic Xeon chip and we use a FireStick/Shield/Chromecast for the TV which works for 99% of stuff, but seems to fall flat on it's face when i try to run a 4k movie through the TV, because transcoding.
I've read that Plex and 4k HEVC x265 don't play well together at all, but I had the idea of having a HTPC running PMP with an HDMI straight to the 4k TV so theoretically that should be able to direct play (even if i have to sync stuff to the HTPC first)
Would this be a feasible solution? Would I need a crazy CPU like an Intel i9? Would I still need a GPU of some sort like a GTX 1050? Or could I just run from the motherboard out? Never built an HTPC so I'm not sure what I'm getting into.