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  1. regan1985 New Member

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    i am thinking of buy a blu ray player for my pc however i am unsure if i will be able to play 1080p as my cpu is a little slow i know and im thinking i may need a new graphics card as mind can only be connect to my tv via dvi so any ideas?also would i just be better off buying a stand alond blue ray player or is there more chance of it jumping as much?
     
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    DVI is fine to connect to the TV.

    I think the minimum requirements for 1080p playback is a dual core @ 2.4 GHz, so in theory you should be fine.
     
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    I've got the same CPU as you and I have no problem playing HD material. Both 720p and 1080p play fine. But then again my graphics card is more beefier than your 2600 XT.

    If you are a gamer I think you should just upgrade your video card, that way you benefit from games playing better and Blu-Ray material playing well.

    Otherwise if there is no gaming incentive, just buy a standalone player.

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    You only have 1GB of ram, that might be a issue. 1080 playback can eat up almost 1 GB alone.

    Edit 2:

    Read this http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cpu-charts-2007,1644-21.html
     
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    Go for it! Everything will be fine!
     
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    1080p really doesn't take too much PC wise for movies. Games yes, movies aren't that bad. Depending on your HT set-up, I would say right now a stand-alone may be a better option, albeit a bit more expensive. The newer ones can stream netflix and pandora and such, which of course a pc can too, but blu-ray players make it easier. I'm also not sure if PC blu drives will up-convert DVDs, but stand alone does (if your TV or receiver has a good video processor this isn't needed though). However if you don't have a nice 1080 panel and a good surround sound, then yeah I'd go for the computer. Or if you're wanting to play around a bit, build a nice little HTPC w/ DVR and Blue functions.
     
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    thanks for the input so far, what i would say is yes i think 1gb of ram could be a factor i will be upgrading to the i8 soon waiting till the summer for prices to drop a little.

    the panel i have is a samsung 6 series 40" so id say a good one.however it is connected via dvi but im thinking if i am going to play full hd films i will need to connect via hdml lead as dvi does have as high bandwidth i think?

    also i have tried to play some of my friends blu rips but they seem to stutter or i get like a refreshing line going down the screen?!!!!! does it take more power to play a ripped blue ray?
     
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    not sure if a 2400 can handle it, a 3400 should do just fine though.

    the only difference for you between dvi and hdmi is that hdmi can also carry audio. dvi bandwidth is plenty for your application [does hdmi even offer more bandwidth?]
     
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    Ripped blu-ray movies i.e. downloaded via torrents are usually compressed slightly, so it is less taxing on your system.

    DVI and HDMI are both digital cable, there will be no difference which cable you use to connect it with. The only advantage is that HDMI can pass sound and video at the same time.

    Uninstall your video codecs, and install CCC codec (Combined Community Codec) this should solve your "stuttering issue". http://www.cccp-project.net/ - Media Player Classic should come with CCC, make sure you play in that.
     
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    Yeah I used to use K-lite kodec pack until I started coming across files that I couldn't play like .ogm, and trying to watch the new Bleach episodes didn't work either... so I would have a mess of different codecs and media players stumbling all over eachother trying to work until I found CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack) and just used that
     
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    I have two Tosh. laptops with 2GHZ C2D and they both play Blu rays fine at 720P ..I have yet to test on my 37" 1080P monitor..I use a portable USB Blu-ray for the lappies and it was cheap and an internal one in the rig in the sig....The lappies are low end I think graphics is 950 ,but I really dont remember...I could test lappies on my 1080P monitor if helps any?
     
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    done some research as hdmi 1.3 does carry a higher bandwidth but dvi is just as good at the moment as film wise there wont be anything to make it a limiting factor.

    i am going to buy the blue ray drive it £60 for a sony with free software not that i will use it! worth a shot.

    got more questions thats i cant seem to get my head round. if i change the res in cc to 1080 and refresh rate to 50hz (tv says 100 but i think it doubles it in some way) then i should be getting 1080p signal,even if my monitor is connected via vga when i slit the movie to my tv the res will change?
     
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