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HD playback - bit confused

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 18, 2008 6:32:59 PM

Okay I will try and make this as painless as possible...

This is the Blueray / HD DVD drive I'm getting

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!

- Linuxboy00

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July 18, 2008 9:07:46 PM

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.
July 18, 2008 9:28:13 PM

DVI easily supports full HD (and above, actually). You don't need HDMI.
July 18, 2008 10:47:22 PM

wow! thanks guys for your info.

why would the mobo need to be hdcp complaint, wouldn't just the video cards need be and the monitor?