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Old 11-28-2006, 06:43 AM   #1  
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Hello there

This is my first post here although ive been watching your forum for some time.

I come from Greece and I have some questions I was willing to get some answers if that is possible.

First of all I would like to inform you about the situation here. There is no such thing as HD broadcasts as yet and it wont be anytime soon really. In ten years time maybe

Anyway I have recently bought myself a brand new Sony KDL-40X2000 (US Model: XBR2 or XBR3) but still haven't experienced and HD content. My aim is to built my own HTPC and play HD files from there untill HD-DVD & BLU-RAY Discs arrive here on my video club. Since I'm in the process of investing my money on this I wanted to know more about how to built it. I know that I wont be needing anything too specific to play HD files such wmv or quicktime HD trailers. My main concern is if my HTPC will be capable to play HD-DVD & BLU-RAY movies. That of course when I get a drive which will be anytime soon. So all I want to know really is what king of graphic card do I need? What type of rams and processor? I have made a quick look on the ATI 1950 series and I must say I got so confused that I really dont know which one is good and which one is not? Plus I dont know much about pc's. My budget for this HTPC is 1000 euros (1313 USD). If anyone can help me on that issue I would be very glad.

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Old 11-28-2006, 06:37 PM   #2  
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Here are Microsoft's optimum requirements for a PC to playback WMV9 files on your Sony 1080p display:

Optimum Configuration
(to play 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound)
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Media Player 10
  • DirectX 9.0
  • 3.0 GHz processor or equivalent
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 128 MB video card supporting 1920 x 1440 screen resolution
  • 24-bit 96 kHz multichannel sound card
  • 5.1 surround sound speaker system
I would consider 1GB of RAM just to assure smoother playback. These specs should also work for QT 1080p files. I would use these specs and search on a PC's website like Dell's to see if they have a system that fits your budget. You can then buy your HD-DVD/BD drive when the time comes.
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:16 AM   #3  
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Hi there, I would like to add that I have recently built myself a new HTPC and unfortunately fallen victim to some bad advertising from ATI. To play HD-DVD or Blueray titles on your PC, any and all components involved in the transmision of the video signal must be HDCP ready. I think it stands for High Definition Content Protection or something like that. You should do some checking on this but i'm fairly sure the Drive, Graphics card AND Screen / Monitor all have to be HDCP compliant to playback blueray or HD-DVD disks. I'm unsure as to exactly how it works but from what i can gather each component that must be HDCP ready has encrytion and decrytion keys built into the hardware which decrypts and encrypts the video data as it enters and exits each component. Unfortunatley recent X1000 series graphics cards where advertised as HDCP ready but weren't. My 256MB ATI X1800 plays back all the 1080p clips and movies i've downloaded off the net but won't play any disks with HDCP.

I would also say that a 128Mb graphics card should be the bare minimum memory you shoulld look for. If the power to play back disk titles is the same to play back the clips i've downloaded, my old Radeon 128mb 9800 All in Wonder managed to play 1080p content but only just. I'd go for 256 or even 512mb just to make sure.

Anyway i've spraffed enough, now its time to go to work.
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What types of discs have you used that require HDCP compliant components? Do you actually have an HD-DVD or BD drive?
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[QUOTE]I would also say that a 128Mb graphics card should be the bare minimum memory you shoulld look for. If the power to play back disk titles is the same to play back the clips i've downloaded, my old Radeon 128mb 9800 All in Wonder managed to play 1080p content but only just. I'd go for 256 or even 512mb just to make sure.[QUOTE]

Me old 9600XT (128 meg) would play 720p WMV no problem but at 1080i it stumbled . I'm running a 3800 dual core with 2 gig of Corsair. I swiped me girlfriends 9800xt (256 meg) card and put it in mine and the 1080p played flawless.
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...I swiped me girlfriends 9800xt (256 meg) card and put it in mine and the 1080p played flawless.
Talk about taking advantage of someone!
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Talk about taking advantage of someone!
She deserves it. She voted for Bush. Damn I should trade her off. Or she should trade me off.
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Nevermind...you're absolutely right, she deserved it! Shame on you for letting her! Unless of course you weren't dating her back in election 2004.
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Any thoughts about a proper graphics card?
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Any thoughts about a proper graphics card?

The level of graphics card depends on how powerful a processor you have and how much ram you have??

If you have an AMD X2 or a Core Duo for example and 2gb of ram, then you can get away with using an older video card. If you have less than a 1 gb of ram or you have an older cpu then you would need a very high end card.

I wouldn't get anything less than an ATI 1600X. These cards are about $120 us. Affordable and will play anything. Also spend as much money as you can on ram. 2gb may seem like overkill but it will come in very handy when you start multi-tasking on your pc. For example if you decided to browse the internet while watching an HD Movie at the same time.
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A really nice option, if you can start from scratch, is one of the boards with the new 780G chipset. See article on Toms Hardware.
www.tomshardware.com. good article, talks about using the board as an htpc, as well as some gaming benchmarks.
Since the board has integrated graphics, no add on card is required, and since it decodes all video codecs, and protection, it really takes the strain off the cpu. This also means it can put installed in a really flat case, the example in the article looks more like an AV appliance then a computer. Read the article I was impressed, and will be looking for one of the boards listed.
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