Hardware Information Regarding Builing 3D Home Theatre PC

I have PC of following specification pls.let me know what specification is missing in that hardware for building 3d home theater pc.

Specification
Intel Core i3 540 3.07Ghz 4 Core CPU (4 x 3.07Ghz)
Intel Full Size Motherboard DH55HC (6 USB Ports 1 HDMI Port 1 DVI Port 1 VGA Port 1 Ethernet Port)
Kingston 2GB RAM 1333Mhz
1000GB Western Digital SATA 2 Hard Drive
SONY Blu Ray Drive

Windows XP professional and Windows 7 ultimate installed and activated
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  1. Are you using the integrated video adapter or a stand-alone (discrete) video card (a.k.a. GPU)?
  2. I suggest 4Gb of RAM instead of 2 and a discrete graphics card will help play Blu ray more smoothly and would be a must if you want to play any modern games, you could add this later if needed. The i3 is dual core not 4 core but has hyper threading so its 2 cores 4 threads.
  3. simon12 said:
    I suggest 4Gb of RAM instead of 2 and a discrete graphics card will help play Blu ray more smoothly and would be a must if you want to play any modern games, you could add this later if needed. The i3 is dual core not 4 core but has hyper threading so its 2 cores 4 threads.


    Thanks bro.

    So for the time being i dont need a discrete graphic card for playing blu ray movies on my pc and above pc is more than enough / compatible for playing a 1080p movies isn't ? and if need a graphic card which one is best please help me out.

    and what about your suggesstion about pc of below mentioned configuration

    2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2300 Processor (2.80 GHz , 6Mb Cache)
    Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
    Built-in DVI-I and HDMI connectors for processors with Intel® HD Graphics
    Built-in 10-Channel (7.1 + 2 independent multi-streaming) audio
    Built-in Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) LAN
    4GB DDR3 - 1333MHz RAM
    500GB SATA-II Hard Disk Drive
    Sony blu ray drive

    If that one is best? please help me out.
    Regards
  4. simon12 said:
    I suggest 4Gb of RAM instead of 2 and a discrete graphics card will help play Blu ray more smoothly and would be a must if you want to play any modern games, you could add this later if needed. The i3 is dual core not 4 core but has hyper threading so its 2 cores 4 threads.


    Thanks bro.

    So for the time being i dont need a discrete graphic card for playing blu ray movies on my pc and above pc is more than enough / compatible for playing a 1080p movies isn't ? and if need a graphic card which one is best please help me out.

    and what about your suggesstion about pc of below mentioned configuration

    2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2300 Processor (2.80 GHz , 6Mb Cache)
    Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
    Built-in DVI-I and HDMI connectors for processors with Intel® HD Graphics
    Built-in 10-Channel (7.1 + 2 independent multi-streaming) audio
    Built-in Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) LAN
    4GB DDR3 - 1333MHz RAM
    500GB SATA-II Hard Disk Drive
    Sony blu ray drive

    If that one is best? please help me out.
    Regards
  5. simon12 said:
    I suggest 4Gb of RAM instead of 2 and a discrete graphics card will help play Blu ray more smoothly and would be a must if you want to play any modern games, you could add this later if needed. The i3 is dual core not 4 core but has hyper threading so its 2 cores 4 threads.


    Thanks bro.

    So for the time being i dont need a discrete graphic card for playing blu ray movies on my pc and above pc is more than enough / compatible for playing a 1080p movies isn't ? and if need a graphic card which one is best please help me out.

    and what about your suggesstion about pc of below mentioned configuration

    2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2300 Processor (2.80 GHz , 6Mb Cache)
    Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
    Built-in DVI-I and HDMI connectors for processors with Intel® HD Graphics
    Built-in 10-Channel (7.1 + 2 independent multi-streaming) audio
    Built-in Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) LAN
    4GB DDR3 - 1333MHz RAM
    500GB SATA-II Hard Disk Drive
    Sony blu ray drive

    If that one is best? please help me out.
    Regards
  6. simon12 said:
    I suggest 4Gb of RAM instead of 2 and a discrete graphics card will help play Blu ray more smoothly and would be a must if you want to play any modern games, you could add this later if needed. The i3 is dual core not 4 core but has hyper threading so its 2 cores 4 threads.


    Thanks bro.

    Its means for the time being I don’t need a separate video card for playing 1080p movies isn't? and above pc is more than enough for playing 1080p movies, 1 question about above motherboard can this motherboard decode all HD audio formats like Dolby digital HD and DTS HD.?

    What about your suggestion about below mentioned pc configuration

    2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2300 Processor (2.80 GHz, 6Mb Cache)
    Intel® Desktop Board DH67BL
    Built-in DVI-I and HDMI connectors for processors with Intel® HD Graphics
    Built-in 10-Channel (7.1 + 2 independent multi-streaming) audio
    Built-in Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mb/s) LAN
    4GB DDR3 - 1333MHz RAM
    500GB SATA-II Hard Disk Drive
    Sony blu ray drive

    Please suggest which one is best

    Regards
  7. You are choosing the brute force of the CPU over hardware acceleration from the GPU.

    If you wish to stick with Intel a C2D with low-end AMD or nVidia discreet graphics is the way forward to cover more hardware-acceleration HD goodness. Going with AMD - AthlonII or Zacate (or upcoming Llano) - if you are not locked in to Intel is an option to be considered.

    The over-riding issue is the typical BluRay is 1920 x 1080 @ 23.976 fps -- Intel HD graphics only supports 24 fps. In order to keep sync'ed-up an additional frame has to be added every 40 seconds or so. More CPU juice can't really smooth this out.

    With SB 21/23 you are limited with HD2k graphics from Intel --- for HD3k graphics you must choose SB 25/26 'k' chips. There is not much difference between the two in HD play-back but you are limited to H67 to enable the integrated graphics (meaning you cannot unlock the 'k' chips)
  8. "3D Home Theatre PC"?

    How are you going to get "3D" out of integrated Intel graphics? You'll need an nVidia kit for that (card & glasses).

    Plus you'll need to look for a HDTV or LCD monitor that is compatible with the nVidia kit.
  9. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/7

    "The new GPU enables HDMI 1.4 and Blu-ray 3D support. Let’s run down the list:"
  10. archibael said:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4083/the-sandy-bridge-review-intel-core-i7-2600k-i5-2500k-core-i3-2100-tested/7

    "The new GPU enables HDMI 1.4 and Blu-ray 3D support. Let’s run down the list:"


    Oh... Okay... Ummm... Carry on...
  11. LOL.

    It's okay. There are legitimate criticisms of Sandy Bridge graphics (the 23.976 vs 24, for instance). I'd just prefer people stick to those rather than to ones which are not valid.
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