I'd like to know if there's any way of playing 3D Blu-ray ISOs, and content from my Sony HDR-TD10 camcorder, on my six year old, self built, PC which I'm using with an LG D2342P 23" passive 3D monitor.
So far, I've been experimenting with 3D content in various formats using both Stereoscopic Player and the TriDef 3D Media Player that came with the LG monitor.
720p 3D content seems to play fine with CPU Usage at around 40% but most 1080p 3D content pushes the CPU to 100% where I experience juddering, and often, the video begins to lag behind the audio.
Later this year, when Intel's 6 and 8 core CPUs are released, I intend to build a new PC capable of handling both 3D video editing and 3D modeling but until then, if it's at all possible, I would like to make my current machine capable of 1080p 3D playback with the minimum outlay.
I was intrigued by what Joseph said earlier:
Originally Posted by Joseph Clark
The HTPC need not be extremely powerful. The nVidia card does the heavy lifting, and I got the least expensive 400 series card ...... 3D Blu-ray is not terribly demanding of the new generation of video cards
So here is the basic spec of my current PC:
- Intel Pentium 4 630 CPU @ 3.06 GHz LGA 775
- Gigabyte 8I955X Royal Motherboard
- 2GB Corsair DDR2, 533 MHz RAM
- 128MB XFX GeForce 6600 PCIe Graphics Card
- Windows XP Home Edition
My first question is this: could I get away with upgrading just the graphics card, and is it likely that any of the following PCIe 2.0 cards that I'm considering would work in my PCIe 1.x equipped motherboard? (I'm not sure whether my motherboard has a PCIe 1.0a or PCIe 1.1 slot.)
It seems that the GT 430 is the more powerful, but the GT 520 has the latest generation of Nvidia's PureVideo
hardware video decoding: obviously, if it will do the job, cheapest is best.
If I do need to upgrade the CPU, then AFAIK
, the Pentium D 935 is the most powerful option that will work with my motherboard: does anyone know whether that would be sufficient?
Here is a comparison
between my Pentium 4 630 and the Pentium D 935.
Any advice would be very much appreciated.