I posted this in the homebuilt section, but they said I could probably get more input if I posted here too.
I've been reading about HDCP and it is pretty darn confusing. I was a casual gamer, but I want to step it up a notch so I'm buying (currently being built) a top of the line system. Three questions, hope this is the right forum to discuss them.
#1 I have these basic components, am I gonna have any issues with HDDVD playback if I chose to do so?
My basic components are:
NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI Motherboard
Nvidia 8800 GTX x 2 in SLI
Intel Core quad core Extreme QX6700 2.66GHz
LITE-ON 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
Windows Vista premium, clean install
The monitor I'm going to purchase soon when I get the extra $$:
UltraSharp 2407WFP Wide-Screen Black Flat Panel Monitor
I've tried to verify the specs of the 8800 GTX, but thats where my confusion really starts. They say they are HDCP compliant, but in other places I've read that doesn't mean they are HDCP "ready". I can't really find a definitive answer. I hate to put all this $$ into a system that can't even play HD!
Is there any other components that I need to list to be able to tell me if anything would not be HDCP compatible?
How can someone download a movie, either legally (myself) or out of curiousity illegally with this new DRM thing? Is this gonna end movie piracy? I haven't been able to watch HDDVD to this point, so it really isn't gonna change my habits, but a lot of people are pretty intense about this stuff.
Is HDCP or DRM really going to effect gameplay? I'm reading that it may actually slow gameplay compared to windows XP. Is this true? Are games even DRM right now?
I have games I currently own and games that I will be purchasing in the future to play on my new system. Is DRM going to be an issue with playing games old games and reading those discs? I guess I'm not even aware if DRM is already being applied to games (see question #2). Sorry for the redundancy. Another issue related to ease of use, I have used NoCD cracks to avoid digging through discs and for quicker boot up, ect....
Is windows vista going to put an end to these type of things?
Sorry, that was more than 3 questions. I guess this could have gone into the windows vista forum, but with the technical components, I figured it would overall be best suited to discuss here.
Any info which will help to make this less confusing to a "soon to be Newbie" high end PC gamer would be appreciated!
Here's a couple of reference articles on playing HD content on your HTPC; I've gotten into a couple "embroilments" about the difference between HDCP ready and HDCP (Vista) certified. I'm still not clear on these implications when running XP or Windows MCE, so you be the judge: