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How to build pc for watching movies

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July 20, 2010 10:00:58 PM

what is needed to build a good pc mainly for watching movies (dvd and blu ray)

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2010 10:24:12 PM

depends how cheap you are looking to go?

You can do it easily for $400, or you can spend $800.

$400 would be AMD motherboard with 6150 geforce video built in ($70), Athlon II x2 240 ($50), 4gb DDR2 memory (2x2gb - $85), Blu-Ray drive ($60to$80), spinpoint 500gb harddrive ($50), and any case&400watt power supply combo you can find in the $60-$70 range
July 20, 2010 10:26:28 PM

so you dont need anything real high end for processing the video
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2010 10:38:15 PM

It will be fine for bluray... it will be terrible for gaming. Certainly an actual video card would be alot better for both. It depends o nwaht you want to spend...

Also I should specify I assume your using a regular computer monitor is a DVI connection.? If you're considering outputting this to like a 40" plasma tv or something, this wont be very good.
July 20, 2010 10:46:34 PM

i am using a 24 inch samsung monitor and wont be hooking it up to the tv
a b B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2010 11:15:02 PM

Sorry, but I doubt the Geforce 6150 on-board graphics will handle Blu-Ray. You'll need a motherboard with at least an ATI 3200 on-board (ATI 780G) or Geforce 7050PV (NVidia 630a) chipsets.

-Wolf sends
July 20, 2010 11:30:35 PM

i see i guess i will be doing some research thanks for the help
July 20, 2010 11:30:52 PM

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 20, 2010 11:31:46 PM

Or you could go the route we did and redeploy something else. We upgraded a computer and took the 'old' CPU/mobo/RAM for the HTPC. Then bought a $30 HTPC cooler master elite 360 case, a 530-watt rosewill green series power supply $50, a $70 HD 4670 graphics card, and a $50 blu-ray drive.

The CPU is a 4200+ dual core with 3 gigs of DDR2 RAM.

It's running at 720p, and can play several games like batman arkham asylum maxed. (Stuff you'd play with a controller is generally what runs fine and is run)

But for just playing blu-ray, you could even use an old single core computer as long as you have a graphics card and the software to do the decoding mainly on the GPU.