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So I'm going to be building an HTPC in the coming weeks for my room.
I want it to be able to play Bluray movies and I'm wondering what are the minimum specs I should look for as far as GPU and CPU are concerned.
I'm going to buy a Bluray Drive for this HTPC and I need to know what kind components I need to back it up. I already have an Xbox360 so don't tell me to buy a PS3 instead of an HTPC. THanks.

Also I've read in a few threads already that theres some kind of trouble finding a Media player that plays Bluray at all or correctly.
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For the graphics, probably a nVIDIA 8-series or higher. HD2*** or higher for ATI. Don't know about the processor. AMD's 780G motherboard chipset is pretty good for HTPC uses.
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2GHz C2D + CoreAVC
That's it. 1080p at 40% CPU for you.
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2GHz C2D + CoreAVC
That's it. 1080p at 40% CPU for you.
Whats CoreAVC?
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2GHz C2D + CoreAVC
That's it. 1080p at 40% CPU for you.
Also any 128+ mb video card will be needed to do 1080p.
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get a dedicated GPU. faster and better for your video.
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Originally Posted by Truambitionz View Post
How much memory does the 7100 have?
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Whats CoreAVC?
Google. It's a highly optimized and multithreaded H.264 decoder. Costs like $8 for the standard edition, and it's well worth it over investing in a graphic card.

It's the best software decoder and rivals hardware decoding in speed.

Also, do yourself a favor and get an ATI GPU.
NVIDIA does some weird red color "correction", and I hate them for that.
Also, the NVIDIA drivers don't extend TV levels to PC levels, and give video a white haze.
Instead of drilling a hole in your head explaining why this happens, just look for some ATI vs NVIDIA video reviews and you'll see what I mean right away.

The reviewer will mention it as different brightness or contrast, but it's actually the levels.

The ATI drivers, by the default, extend the levels. Back in the day, you could use a registry override to make their drivers do it.

The NVIDIA options don't extend it and don't have any override for it, but you can fix it with software. It can be a pain in the butt though (speaking from experience), and it's better to just have it the right way at the beginning.

It's especially obvious when watching letter/pillarboxed movies on PC players, because when you go fullscreen, they add their own black borders if you need to.
Since the player's black borders are black and the video's aren't, it's very very very noticeable and annoying D:
Edited by Coma - 5/26/08 at 11:41am
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TV assumed PC (NVIDIA default)


TV extended to PC (ATI default)


Look at the image itself, and around the edges of the image where it turns to player-created borders.
The bottom's bottom right naturally mixes with the black borders, while the top doesn't.

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Also any 128+ mb video card will be needed to do 1080p.
I don't know about that. If it says it supports a res >1080p, then it works. That's all.
Edited by Coma - 5/26/08 at 11:52am
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