First post, by EdmondDantes
So here's the thing guys: I watch a lot of anime movies, and for a long time this HP Pavilion tx2500 was my main machine for that (I sometimes run Win7, sometimes various Linuxes).
But lately some movies--particularly any anime fansub that uses the h265 codec--has been causing this thing to chug, even if I use a linux with lower overhead. This is becoming a more and more common problem, so I'm thinking I just need new hardware.
On top of that I'd like a machine that can run the games Amnesia the Dark Descent (with custom stories) and Celeste--I have both on Nintendo Switch but the PC versions allow for fan-made custom content. Otherwise, I'm not interested in a new laptop as a gaming machine--outside of those I'm mostly gonna be into emulators like MAME, and my main thing is as a movie machine.
Also I'd like to have an HDMI output port to hook it up to a television.
So I was thinking about getting a Dell Inspiron 17 7000 or whatever, a machine I read was a good budget-priced gaming machine from last year... but it would cost $600-$900 and I started to think that was a bit overkill for something I'm mostly gonna just watch anime with and maybe occasionally play an Amnesia custom story. I'd like to spend no more than $300, but I don't know if that's realistic... maybe I should go for the overkill machine just to be safe?
Anyway, what do you guys recommend? If you have the same sort of hobbies, what's the oldest/lowest hardware you've gotten HD 1080p or UHD running fluidly on?
(BTW no, I don't use streaming services, so that isn't even a consideration--I'm only concerned about watching things like MKV files or other files I can actually store locally).