I've been having some really annoying problems lately, and I can't seem to figure out where the problem lies. I'm almost at the point of chucking everything and starting with new parts from scratch. I've been using an Intel motherboard, E6600, 2 gigs of RAM, and a 6570.
I would like some suggestions on what I should go with. An Intel Sandy Bridge build with Intel integrated graphics? Or an AMD APU build? Or something with a discrete card? I want something that will play my recordings, DVD, bluray, 3D bluray, plays Netflix smoothly, and can bitstream.
My system has been driving me crazy since making the change from my 2600xt to the 6570. When I first switched I thought the change had gone smoothly. But now I'm running into a lot of crazy stuff that I didn't notice at first after the change. Netflix is a choppy mess now. Not too big of a deal since I know a lot of others have this problem too. But sometimes I'm getting stutter on recordings and bluray. Restarting the PC seems to resolve this (I think). But the other thing I've noticed, and I'm at more of a loss for, is when I play a recording sometimes it doesn't look "right". I don't know how to explain it, but peoples' faces look "blocky" or like their faces shift around. I didn't think much about it because I hadn't watched a recording in a while so I thought maybe this is the best it can do (since it is an analog recording made from satellite). But I messed around in CCC and when I played a recording it looked pretty good, almost as good as the original source. I went back in CCC and un-did everything I changed and rewatched the same recording. Again, it still looked pretty good and did not look "blocky" as I noticed before. Tonight I go to watch a recording and it's back to not looking very good. I go into CCC and then back out and the recording looks fine. It's almost like just the fact of going into CCC forces the 6570 to do whatever it is it's supposed to do.
I would try another video card, but I'm almost gun shy at this point. I changed from my 2600xt to a 430GT a while back but the stutter was terrible in my recordings, and nothing I did got rid of it. Once I went back to the 2600xt everything was fine. Then I switched to the 6570 and recordings was the first thing I tried and it was fine so I thought all was good. At this point I'm afraid to trust AMD or nvidia, and I'm not sure I'm a believer in Intel either.
What do you guys recommend?