I will have a Intel Q9450 processor and either a Asus Striker or Nvidoa 780i FTW mobo ( not sure yet )
and 4 Gig of DDR2-800 Ram, two WD Raptors in Raid 0. No idea on video cards yet but it will be running either SLI or Crossfire.
Also getting a Dell Ultrasharp 24" 1920x1200 LCD so I can watch Blueray movies on it.
My question is, do I have to buy a video card that has a HDMI port on it or can I get true HD over DVI ?
I will be using Power DVD 8 Ultra for playback.
If I have left anything out let me know! And thanks!
You don't need a graphics card with HDMI port. Most of them have DVI to HDMI adapters. Get a 4850. Make sure all your components...MB, Video, monitor are HDCP compliant (best this way).
If not, get "AnyDVDHD" to strip the AASC copy protection from the disc while playing it--I've come across some HD-DVDs that it doesn't work on.
PowerDVD 8 doesn't support HD-DVD. You'll have to use an earlier version, they will co-exist. Also the OEM PowerDVD software that comes with the drive may or may not have multichannel sound--you will have to buy a plugin. There's different ways of setting up the sound, you'll have to read into that. I'm using analog outs from my sound card to get 5.1.