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post #1 of 20
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I have some old parts around and I wanted to get one of those WiFi Blu-ray players but I just figured I would make a HTPC instead...

Anyhow, is there any difference in playback quality in the 5.25" PC Blu-ray drives and the ones in actual Blu-ray players?

Also what kind of video card would I need for HD playback? I know it would probably need a HDMI port, but as for the processing power of the card how much would I need?
post #2 of 20
I can't comment on the playback quality vs standalone players, but I do know that you don't need much graphics power to play Blu-Rays; something like an HD 5450 will be fine; they're cheap, passively cooled, and have an HDMI port for connecting to your TV.
post #3 of 20
Well it depends. If you are going to use 3D, you will need at least a 4x reader IMO. Technically you only need 1x, but the extra bandwidth it consumes will be better suited to at least a 4x. Also, bluray = bluray. Its all the same, sans the 3D I just mentioned.

As for the gfx, anything DX10.1 or better should do the trick. If you are looking for bare minimum I'd estimate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102877 would be fine. A lot of people say it works perfect for htpc.

Hope I helped.
post #4 of 20
The onboard ATI HD4200 video on my gigabyte mobetherboard is enough for my HTPC to play good quality image blu ray movies.

I also have a Nvidia 9400GT I think of putting in someones HTPC build and even though I haven't tried it yet, I think it's enough aswell so anything above that should be even better.

By the way both have HDMI

Edit: For 3D I think you need something better.
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Well it depends. If you are going to use 3D, you will need at least a 4x reader IMO. Technically you only need 1x, but the extra bandwidth it consumes will be better suited to at least a 4x. Also, bluray = bluray. Its all the same, sans the 3D I just mentioned.

As for the gfx, anything DX10.1 or better should do the trick. If you are looking for bare minimum I'd estimate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102877 would be fine. A lot of people say it works perfect for htpc.

Hope I helped.
That's pretty much the exact model I was thinking of.
post #6 of 20
What I have found so far is the quality is fine. The problem is the the software being able to play the media you want to play. There are so many problems with copyright some disc don't allow you to play them on computers.
     
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post #7 of 20
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So there is nothing special with the hardware itself of standalone players that gives it better playback?

Also, do the PC drives have upscaling capabilities like the standalone players do? Or is that something you get only unique to a standalone?
post #8 of 20
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So there is nothing special with the hardware itself of standalone players that gives it better playback?

Also, do the PC drives have upscaling capabilities like the standalone players do? Or is that something you get only unique to a standalone?
DVD upscale? Your PC // Media player can do that for you.
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So there is nothing special with the hardware itself of standalone players that gives it better playback?

Also, do the PC drives have upscaling capabilities like the standalone players do? Or is that something you get only unique to a standalone?
I think PC drives do a really good job at upscaling. I've seen some DVDs that look so dam good for being DVD.
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post #10 of 20
When I watch a DVD on my PC connected to my monitor with DVI, it doesn't look the same as when I watch one on my DVD player connected to my TV via component, but they are different screens and connection methods so perhaps they shouldn't be compared.
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