I've got an old PC, bought in 2003, turned it into an HTPC (just added a bigger PS and a nice video card) when I built my i7 rig. I want to add a Blu-ray drive to it. It's got a couple SATA ports on the motherboard, but I figure they're probably 1.5s. Will that be a problem as far as throughput goes? I know the ports will be compatible with the drive but will it be fast enough for Blu-ray? Is it a better idea to get a SATA 3.0 PCI card and hook the BD drive up to that?
Great point, not getting a lot of specifics from manufacturer's websites about system requirements on those drives, but did find an ASUS one whose system requirements suggested my processor was not quite up to snuff to handle the drive. My graphics card was more than enough and I've got plenty of memory. Still a bad idea to give it a go?
Yeah it's a 478 socket P4, video card is a HD4650 with an HDMI port. I didn't want to buy a blu-ray player because I prefer to maintain the common interface I have right now (Windows Media Center), as well as keeping my components footprint constant. But I might just have to suck it up and do that anyway.
It will work and it will be fast enough. No point getting the PCI SATA III card. The PCI bandwidth is less than SATA I (133MB/s vs 150MB/s). BD at 1x is 4.5MB/s. Even USB 2.0 have enough bandwidth for BD (up to 6x). The fastest BD I found so far is 12x (54MB/s) which is well within SATA I bandwidth. Should worry about whether the CPU+GPU combo have enough power to decode the DB video.
It will work and it will be fast enough. No point getting the PCI SATA III card. The PCI bandwidth is less than SATA I. Even USB 2.0 have enough bandwidth for BD. Should worry about whether the CPU+GPU combo have enough power to decode the DB video.
It's a 3GHz P4, and I mentioned my video card (HD4650) earlier. Thoughts on whether those will be sufficient?
Bought that drive and installed it, works great so far, although I've only watched two-thirds of one Blu-ray. CyberLink PowerDVD wasn't playing it on the full screen for some reason, but that's a problem for another google search and some exploration. Thanks for everyone's help.