I hope this is the right forum for this -
I just picked up an LG GGC-H20L combo bluray/hd-dvd drive for my computer, and about 180 HD-DVDS (my entire dvd collection got stolen, so I figured if Im rebuilding why not). System is a Quad Core Intel Q9400 running at 3.42, 4gb of DDR1066 RAM, and an ATI HD4830 512mb video card - so more than capable of running HD-DVD very smoothly. I am using PowerDVD 7.3, which runs HD-DVD well.
A few questions. First, I run my video to a 24" LCD and a 720P 50" DLP. Neither is HDCP compliant, so I have to use Anydvd to play them. Is there any performance hit to running Anydvd?
Most important question is about audio, however. I was temporarily running my audio through standard minijack to a bookshelf system, and the audio was very skippy/inconsistent. My video card has HD audio through HDMI, so I'm running that to my tv, which works great but I wont want to do this forever. My motherboard has Dolby Digital Home Theater out (high end Gigabyte UD-3P motherboard), with optical out, which I would like to hook up to a high end home theater system. Will HD-DVD work with this, or am I stuck needing to use HDMI out through my video card? I know this isnt as good as the motherboard's optical out and processing.
Finally, in general, are there any general tips to maximize performance through the pc - drivers, addons, software, etc?
Any help is appreciated