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Need Blueray HTPC help


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#1 eess

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 12:49 PM

I am currently converting my current desktop into a htpc. My current specs are 3.4Ghz P4 w/ HT, 2 Gb of RAM (soon to be 4 Gb) and an Nvidia 6500 video card w/ 256Mb. I received a blue ray drive for Christmas. My question is, do you think I will have a problem running blue ray even after I upgrade my RAM and video card(I am looking at a 1 Gb Nvidia 9600 GT). The box for the drive says I need a Pentium D to run blue ray. Does anyone have any experience doing this sort of thing? I have searched and haven't really found anything. I appreciate any help.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 04:00 PM

You might have a rough time of it. What the box says is probably just minimum requirements, suggested requirements are higher. I don't think the NVidia 6500 has an HDMI port or HDCP support. In order to display high def. content at their full potential, both the GPU and monitor must have HDCP, which is only available with HDMI and DVI ports. I also suggest a multicore CPU since high definition content is very taxing on the CPU. Any dual or quad core Core 2's, Phenoms, or Athlon X2's over 2Ghz. will work.

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