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Old 08-21-01, 05:53 AM
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DVD Computer Hardware?

I was wondering if anyone else here watches most/all of their DVD collection on a computer as opposed to a stand alone DVD player and if so what hardware (DVD Drive, Sound Card, Speakers, Monitor, etc) they use and recommend.

For myself I have a 16x DVD Drive, with crappy on-board sound (but I'm getting a Platinum soon, i hope), Labtec 424-Pulse Speakers (the best speakers under $100 retail, imho) and a generic 19" monitor. I want a Slot-Loading DVD Drive, Platinum 5.1 sound, Klipsch 5.1 speakers, and an LCD screen, but that's just a pipe dream for now)
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Here's what I'll have in a few weeks...

<small>Case: Dragon Full-Tower Case (300-Watt PS) (Conspiracy Blue)
Processor: AMD Athlon 1.4GHz Processor 266MHz FSB w/Heatsink & Cooling Fan
Hi-Performance Heatsink/CPU Cooling Fan
Motherboard: AMD 761 Motherboard w/1AGP/5PCI for Athlon Processors
Standard 1.44MB Floppy Drive
Memory: 384MB DDR SDRAM (PC-2100)
Keyboard: 107-Enhanced Windows Keyboard (Conspiracy Blue)
Mouse: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer USB (Conspiracy Blue)
Hard Drive: 60GB HD 8.5ms seek time, 7200RPM, UltraATA
Secondary Hard Drive: 60GB HD 8.5ms seek time, 7200RPM, UltraATA
SCSI/IDE Controller: Promise FastTrak Ultra ATA/100 Controller (Raid 0)
Monitor: NEC 22" FE1250+ MultiSync Flat CRT
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce3 w/64MB DDR TV-Out 4X AGP
Video Cooling: KoolMaxx Video Cooling System
Sound Card: SoundBlaster LIVE! 5.1 Platinum w/External Front Panel
DVD-ROM: Pioneer 16X DVD 40X w/Software MPEG-2 Decoder
Storage: PlexWriter 24X/10X Write 40X Read CD-RW Recordable-IDE
Modem: US Robotics V.90 56K Internal Voice/Fax/Data
N.I.C.: 3Com 10/100
Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 500-Watt THX Speakers & Sub
Warranty: Aliencare Toll-Free 1-Year 24/7 ONSITE Warranty (No-Charge)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Millennium
Shipping & Handling: Fed-Ex 2nd Day Air w/insurance (Monitor included)
Free installation & configuration of favorite games
Performance Benchmarks Documentation
Personalized Owner's Manual
Latest Drivers </small?>

Old 08-21-01, 06:09 AM
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While it was no longer an issue when I upgraded to the 1.1Ghz Athlon, you might want to consider what you're using for a video card. I'm not sure what the 'uber' game cards (like the nvdia) provide, but an ATI Radeon has support in hardware for DVD. I'm sure there are others, but this is one (32MB DDR) I've used and been happy with. But ... I don't play games with the PC so it may not suit your needs. Seemed fast enough to me, but I think that the core game players don't rate it all that highly.

My DVD ROM is a Pioneer 12X and has worked fine on everything I've tried on it. Audio's just a SB Live 5.1 card, speaks are mid level Altecs. Could do a lot better on the speaks for DVD but they work fine for everything else I've used them for.

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I have a Radeon in my old PC - it's a 32MB DDR. It's decent enough for games and it does have DVD playback... however, it's got crappy driver support and the thing isn't the most stable beast ever to grace my AGP slot. GeForce 3 has DVD support too. ATI is coming out with a new graphics card that will kick the GeForce 4's ass (even though it's not even out yet).
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Originally posted by Trigger
Here's what I'll have in a few weeks...

<small>Case: Dragon Full-Tower Case (300-Watt PS) (Conspiracy Blue)
Processor: AMD Athlon 1.4GHz Processor 266MHz FSB w/Heatsink & Cooling Fan
Hi-Performance Heatsink/CPU Cooling Fan
Motherboard: AMD 761 Motherboard w/1AGP/5PCI for Athlon Processors
Standard 1.44MB Floppy Drive
Memory: 384MB DDR SDRAM (PC-2100)
Keyboard: 107-Enhanced Windows Keyboard (Conspiracy Blue)
Mouse: Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer USB (Conspiracy Blue)
Hard Drive: 60GB HD 8.5ms seek time, 7200RPM, UltraATA
Secondary Hard Drive: 60GB HD 8.5ms seek time, 7200RPM, UltraATA
SCSI/IDE Controller: Promise FastTrak Ultra ATA/100 Controller (Raid 0)
Monitor: NEC 22" FE1250+ MultiSync Flat CRT
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce3 w/64MB DDR TV-Out 4X AGP
Video Cooling: KoolMaxx Video Cooling System
Sound Card: SoundBlaster LIVE! 5.1 Platinum w/External Front Panel
DVD-ROM: Pioneer 16X DVD 40X w/Software MPEG-2 Decoder
Storage: PlexWriter 24X/10X Write 40X Read CD-RW Recordable-IDE
Modem: US Robotics V.90 56K Internal Voice/Fax/Data
N.I.C.: 3Com 10/100
Speakers: Klipsch ProMedia 5.1 500-Watt THX Speakers & Sub
Warranty: Aliencare Toll-Free 1-Year 24/7 ONSITE Warranty (No-Charge)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Millennium
Shipping & Handling: Fed-Ex 2nd Day Air w/insurance (Monitor included)
Free installation & configuration of favorite games
Performance Benchmarks Documentation
Personalized Owner's Manual
Latest Drivers </small?>

Trigger, IM me, I have an alienware too! CKMorpheus.
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I did for about a year & a half when DVDs were first introduced. Too much of a hassle though.

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