I have this Lenovo Y530 w/ an Intel 4500MHD video so it does have HDMI so that's nice enough to play HD with VLC PLAYER.
You seem to have same amount of RAM, similar CPU power and a semi-dedicated GPU so it should be fine.
My OS is the Lenovo supplied OS so there is no issue with drivers.
And if you are going to want to search out a video card, try that ATI 5450 1GB card for about 32 bucks.
Recently, I upgraded my monitor from an archaic 14" screen to a 24" 1080p screen. Of course, the first thing I did with it was try out some 1080p video. However, my graphics card couldn't handle it. It was so choppy I only got to see a frame about every five seconds. The same video played perfectly on my old monitor, so I don't think it's the computer's fault. I checked out my graphics card and found out that it was only a NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE. Not exactly state-of-the-art tech. So now, I'm looking for a good, cheap graphics card to buy that will let me play 1080p smoothly. I really don't want to drop $200 for something that I will only use for watching movies in a million more pixels, though. I'm not a gamer and I honestly don't care about getting a top-of-the-line graphics card. So, I'm just wondering what's the cheapest graphics card that will at minimum play 1080p video smoothly. Either that, or just tell me the minimum specs I should be looking for.
Here's the basics of my system:
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
RAM: 4.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 314MHz (5-5-5-15)
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0HX340 (Socket M2 )
Graphics: ASUS VS247 (1920x1080@60Hz) 64MB GeForce 6150 LE (Dell)
Completely upgrading my computer is an option, as it is getting a bit dated, but, like I said, I'd prefer not to spend a lot of money.
Thank you for your help!